Theodore Roosevelt Partial Autograph Draft of a Speech Delivered the Eve Before the 1912 Republican National Convention. Front and back of a single sheet of imprinted Congress Hotel and Annex letterhead, 6" x 9.5"; circa June 1912. Roosevelt writes, in part: "We rest our case, not only before the Republican votes, but before the American people, upon the population, first, that the National Convention can not defeat the makers of the rank and file of the Republican voters & unseating delegates honestly elected did..."

    Tensions within the Republican Party finally erupted in 1912, with the once-friends, Taft and Roosevelt, clashing at the Republican National Convention. Roosevelt had already served two terms as president but had decided to challenge Taft for the nomination in response to Taft's perceived drift to the right. Roosevelt won all but the Massachusetts conventions, but Taft commanded the states that selected their nominee by caucus. Neither man had secured the 540 delegates necessary to win the nomination, and the stage was set for what was to be a fierce battle.

    The night before the convention was set to begin, Roosevelt delivered a fiery speech to his supporters, a partial draft of which is offered here. It is believed to be the first speech in which he used the phrase, "we stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the lord!" The draft offered here appears about halfway through the speech.

    The ensuing convention became three days of insults and questioning the others qualifications, and ultimately resulted in the creation of a third party - the Progressive Party. However, the division within the GOP resulted in Roosevelt and Taft splitting the vote, and Democrat Woodrow Wilson won the presidency. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

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