A Businessman For President?


Before there was Donald Trump, there was Wendell Willkie.

I tell Willkie’s story on my “Not So Past” spot on Rivet News Radio today.  To get this and lots more, now is the time to sign up.  And it’s all free!

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2 Responses to “A Businessman For President?”

  1. 1 Garry September 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Is that the Life Magazine photo in his hometown of Elwood, Indiana after Willkie was nominated?
    Plus Willkie wasn’t a small town boy after he left Elwood. He was the president of Commonwealth & Southern Corporation, a giant electric power producer in the South, which is still around as the Southern Company.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt September 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Actually, there are a few different photos of this scene, taken by different photographers at slightly different angles, so it could be the one you’re referencing. As for your second point, FDR’s Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes sarcastically referred to Willkie as a “barefoot boy from Wall Street.” Still, FDR liked Willkie personally, and sent him on unofficial diplomatic missions after the election.

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