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A man of many achievements, part 4

A man of many achievements, part 4


December 18, 2020

Random Thoughts

When William McKinley became U.S. president in 1897, Charles Dawes thought that his future in politics looked promising.

Dawes had managed McKinley’s campaign in Illinois, and McKinley had rewarded Dawes by appointing him to a significant position in the Treasury Department.

The rise of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft during the Progressive Era of the early 20th century, however, dashed Dawes’s dreams. He thought he was finished with politics.

But things changed eventually. By 1920 the progressive wing of the Republican Party was all but dead. Conservatives t...

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