In this cartoon from the 1907 off-year election, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman reminds us of how elections reflect the public mood and, thus, of the importance of voting. Illustrated here, William Jennings Bryan, William Randolph Hearst, and President Theodore Roosevelt anxiously calculate the impact of state and local elections on their political futures. The books scattered around the floor suggest that forecasting the consequences of an election is “infinitesimal calculus.” Bryan went on to run unsuccessfully for President the next year, and Hearst ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1909. Roosevelt did not run for reelection and instead went into temporary retirement after his term expired.
Figgerin’ on the Returns by Clifford K. Berryman, 11/7/1907, U.S. Senate Collection, U.S. National Archives (1693465)
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Happy 155th Birthday, Teddy!
Theodore Roosevelt, NYPD Commissioner, Governor of New York, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Rough Rider, Nobel Laureate, inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” and the twenty-sixth President of the United States, was born in New York City on October 27, 1858.
And as depicted here by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, contemplating a run for a third term, it looks like he’s all ready for Game 4 of the World Series too!
Anyone tempted to tell George to Let Teddy Win?
After his victory in the 1904 election, President Theodore Roosevelt promised that although his first term had lasted only three years (beginning after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901), he would adhere to the two-term precedent established by George Washington. Yet by 1912, convinced that only his progressive leadership would save the Republican party, Roosevelt announced his candidacy. Roosevelt contended that he had only promised to refuse a third consecutive term. Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman shows Roosevelt attempting to dodge the anti-third term principle as he crouches before Washington’s ghost. Not until 1951, after Franklin Roosevelt’s four terms in office, did Congress enact the XXII Amendment to the Constitution, officially limiting Presidents to two terms.
Untitled by Clifford K. Berryman, 10/1/1912, U.S. Senate Collection (ARC 306175)