Willkie, Wendell L.

Corporate lawyer, 1940 Republican presidential candidate

Price: $75.00

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(1892-1944) Corporate lawyer, 1940 Republican nominee for president. A member of the liberal wing of the GOP, he crusaded against New Deal domestic policies he thought inefficient and anti-business. An internationalist, he needed the votes of the large isolationist element, so he waffled on the bitterly debated issue of America's role in WW II, losing support from both sides. President Roosevelt won the 1940 election with 55% of the popular vote and 85% of the electoral vote. Willkie received 22.3 million votes (more than any previous Republican candidate), but FDR had 27.3 million. Roosevelt won the electoral vote 449-82. He was the only major-party nominee for President who never held major elected or appointive office or high military rank. Later, FDR brought him aboard as an informal ambassador-at-large. Willkie criss-crossed the globe on the former Army bomber “The Gulliver”, bringing home a vision of "One World" freed from imperialism and colonialism. In 1941, he joined with Eleanor Roosevelt to found Freedom House. In 1943, Willkie wrote “One World”, a best-selling account of his travels and meetings with Allied heads of state, as well as ordinary citizens and soldiers in regions such as Russia and Iran. His liberalism lost him supporters in the GOP and he dropped out of the 1944 race, then died of a heart attack. He was honored by the US Postal Service with a 75¢ Great Americans series postage stamp. Willkie addressed a convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1942, one of the most prominent politicians to do so up to that time. When a violent race riot broke out in Detroit on June 20, 1943, Willkie went on national radio to criticize Republicans and Democrats for ignoring "the Negro question." He also worked with the NAACP’s Walter White to try to convince Hollywood to change its portrayal of Blacks in the movies. Signed 3 ¼ x 5 ¼ card, undated but ca. early-mid 1940s, with 1940 color portrait and November 1, 1940 campaign form letter with stamped signature. Three items.

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, pale corners
Type:Signed Card






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