*This scenario was greatly updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on August 28, 2017. It can be downloaded here: United States – 1900 v. 2.0
The 1900 election was a rematch between William McKinley and pro-labor, pro-silver Democrat, William Jennings Bryan. Both nominees were virtually unopposed. McKinley’s reelection seemed pretty much assured as the economy was strong and he had just won the Spanish-American War.
The election allows for some what-if scenarios so that these candidates face some competition:
- What if Governor Theodore Roosevelt attempted a premature run for president?
- What if leading progressive Republican, Robert La Follette ran against McKinley?
- What if wealthy, pro-labor publisher, William Randolph Hughes, ran for president?
- What if Grover Cleveland, the pro-business, pro-Gold Standard former president ran for a 3rd non-consecutive term?
- Admiral George Dewey, a hero of the recent war, wanted to run for president, but the media slammed him for his gaffes and his obvious political naivety.
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