Taft and Sherman
June 27, 1908
During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Senator Lodge makes a humorous remark about President Roosevelt that causes a “remarkable demonstration of applause” and enthusiastic response from the crowd.
With the appointment of committees to notify William Howard Taft, of Ohio, and James Schoolcraft Sherman, of New York, of their nominations respectively for the presidency and the vice presidency of the United States, the fourteenth Republican national convention at Chicago adjourned. Both candidates were nominated on the first ballot. Mrr. Taft’s nominations took place Thursday afternoon and Mr. Sherman’s Friday morning. The vice presidential candidate is a resident of Utica, N.Y., and has been a member of congress for nearly twenty years. Three features of the great convention stand out above the rest in human interest. One was the remarkable demonstration of applause evoked by the mention of President Roosevelt’s name in a highly complimentary way by the permanent chairman, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, of Massachusetts. This demonstration lasted forty-six minutes and is said to have broken the time record for such things in American politics. The cue for the enthusiastic outbreak was Senator Lodge’s remark during his opening dress as chairman when he said, “The president is the best abused and the most popular man in the United States to day.” Another signal feature was the committee fight on the anti-injunction plank, otherwise the proposed plank for the platform which was designed with a view to express the administration's disapproval of hasty court injunctions against the presumed rights of labor. The struggle resulted finally in a compromise, both sides yielding in part, so that harmony might be preserved and the party go before the people with a plank on this subject calculated to conciliate the labor interests and at the same time not to be construed as an unwarranted attack upon the federal judiciary. The third feature in the group here set forth as markers for posterity for the big Chicago convention was a negative one -- something that didn’t happen, though it was expected to happen by many persons throughout the country and by not a few of the delegates in the convention. This was the absence of the “stampede” for a renomination of President Roosevelt against the president’s expresses declaration that he would abide absolutely by the unwritten law that no president shall serve more than two terms. Mr. Taft’s nomination proceeded along smoothly to ultimation, the nation was preserved from any present peril of the third term bogy and the president’s name preserved to future ages as one who with a further extension of power within his grasp, was patriot enough to put aside the proffer for his country’s good. While, as states, a negative feature, this cannot be passed by as one of the few matters of paramount force in the history of the 1908 convention.
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