Getting Down to Business
After striking the political "dry hole" of 1914, Alfred Landon was almost entirely inactive in politics for three years. The Kansas Progressive party, which had continued as an organization on paper, was disbanded upon the collapse of the national Progressive party in 1916, and in the summer of that year most Kansas progressives sought read- mission to Republican ranks. But their record of independent action did not commend them to the state Republican party, and, because they had been partly responsible for the widespread Democratic successes in Kansas in 1912 and 1914, progressives were not allowed to carry the Republican banner for any important office in 1916.
Although Landon nominally supported the Republican ticket, he did little during the 1916 election campaign. Family life and business claimed an increasing share of his time, for he was now a married man, with new obligations and responsibilities. His bride, the former Margaret Fleming of Oil City, Pennsylvania, was the daughter of William Fleming, president of the Ohio Oil Company, the Standard Oil subsidiary for which John Landon had been field superintendent prior to moving to Kansas. The Landon and Fleming families had lived in adjoining cottages during vacations at Lake Chautauqua, and it was there that Alfred had met Margaret Fleming. He had carried on his courtship during his many trips back east, and by January, 1915, his financial position was such that he could marry her. A son, born in