CHAPTER 14
From Under the Wreckage

"An overwhelming disaster," wrote James Rudolph Garfield of the election results.1 Roosevelt received 27,478,945 votes and Landon 16,674,665. As James Farley had predicted, Landon received the electoral votes--a total of 8--only of Maine and Vermont ; 523 electoral votes went to the President. The Republicans now had only skeletal representation in Congress--eighty-nine seats in the House and sixteen in the Senate. Moreover, Landon not only lost in Kansas but William G. West, his hand-picked successor as governor, was also defeated. Perhaps there was some consolation in the fact that Landon received 915,000 more votes than Hoover had in 1932, and carried 87 more counties. The governor had attracted a larger proportion of the votes than Hoover in Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Landon did even better than Wendell Willkie would do, in 1940, in Vermont , Maine, New Hampshire, Georgia, and North Carolina. The Kansan's gains over Hoover in the midwestern states probably were attributable to his strong emphasis on agricultural issues and his midwestern background, though he did not come within 4 per cent of capturing a majority of the popular vote in any of those states. His gains in the southern and border states also were probably

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James Rudolph Garfield diary, November 4, 1936, James Rudolph Garfield Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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