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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1912 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 05, 1912 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 05, 1912 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1913 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1917 - 12:00pm
Turnout 16.31% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedChronicler November 09, 2008 08:41am
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William Howard Taft’s single term in office as President was one of indescribable complexity. As a moderate conservative, Taft favored enforcing laws regulating businesses, yet his strongest supporters came from the business sector. Taft promoted many reform causes, but the progressives in both parties vigorously opposed his re-election.

Taft’s business policy was guided by the idea that the enforcement of laws should protect competition. During his term, his attorney general initiated over twice the number of anti-trust cases than TR did during his two terms. Among the trusts which were challenged by Taft were Standard Oil, American Tobacco, and U.S. Steel. The case against U.S. Steel enraged Roosevelt, who had approved of the mergers which brought the trust to exist in the first place. Taft also re-organized the Interstate Commerce Commission and boosted its authority to crack down on illegal rate fixing in railroads.

Taft’s environmental policy enlarged upon previous executive activity. He felt that land should be set aside by legislation rather than by executive order, since a future president could rescind the order without a challenge. Taft wanted to create a body to oversee the lands owned by the government; his vision was enacted after he left office when the National Park Service was created in 1916. Taft continued Roosevelt’s programs of setting aside large tracts of land in the western states.

One of the troubles facing the Taft administration in t

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/03/1908
NameWilliam Howard Taft Votes7,676,258 (51.58%)
Term03/04/1909 - 03/04/1913 Margin1,269,457 (+8.53%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/07/1916
NameWoodrow Wilson Votes9,126,300 (49.24%)
Term03/04/1917 - 03/04/1921 Margin579,511 (+3.13%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Jun 04, 1912 US President - R Primaries
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
R 2,313,847
Jul 01, 1912 US President - D Primaries
Woodrow Wilson
D 1,221,022
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Name Gov. Woodrow Wilson President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (I) President William Howard Taft Eugene V. Debs Eugene W. Chafin Arthur Elmer Reimer Others
PartyDemocratic Progressive Republican Socialist Prohibition Socialist Labor Independent
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Uncertified Votes6,293,152 (41.84%) 4,119,207 (27.39%) 3,486,333 (23.18%) 900,369 (5.99%) 207,972 (1.38%) 29,374 (0.20%) 4,556 (0.03%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -2,173,945 (-14.45%) -2,806,819 (-18.66%) -5,392,783 (-35.85%) -6,085,180 (-40.46%) -6,263,778 (-41.64%) -6,288,596 (-41.81%)
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