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Progressive Party


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The political party formed, chiefly out of the Republican party, by the adherents of Theodore Roosevelt in the presidential campaign of 1912. The name Progressive party was chosen at the meeting held on Aug. 7, 1912, when the candidates were nominated and the platform adopted. It was also known as the Bull Moose Party. Among the chief articles in the platform are those demanding direct primaries, preferential primaries for presidential nominations, direct election of United States senators, women's suffrage, and recall of judicial decisions in certain cases. In 1924 the label was also adopted by the party supporting the presidential campaign of Robert M. La Follette, and in 1948 it was also adopted by the party of Henry Wallace. The party is no longer (1998) considered a force in U. S. national politics.

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  • n. a former political party in the United States; founded by Theodore Roosevelt during the presidential campaign of 1912; its emblem was a picture of a bull moose


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  • During the presidential election of 1912, Theodore Roosevelt formed the new party (formally called the Progressive Party) after losing the nomination to William Howard Taft.

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  • For some time the Opposition, now called the Progressive Party, was completely demoralized, and it was not until the following year that individuals again endeavoured to give cohesion to the party.

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  • For a time, I was drawn to Henry Wallace, who ran for president as the Progressive Party candidate in 1948.

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  • In that 1912 campaign, TR's Progressive Party platform did indeed call for nationalized health care.

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  • Teddy broke, and carried his Republican supporters into a new entity, actually named the Progressive Party.

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  • During the nineteen thirties his younger brother Phil also held the governor's mansion for two terms and joined in creating a short-lived state Progressive Party in Wisconsin on whose ticket he ran.

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  • On October 14, 1912, while he was campaigning for president on the Progressive Party ticket, Theodore Roosevelt was shot just before entering an auditorium in Milwaukee.

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