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61 Facts About Wendell Willkie
3. Wendell Willkie died October 8, 1944 and was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Indiana.
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7. Wendell Willkie got her way, and in May 1919 Wendell Willkie successfully applied for a job with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio as head of the legal office that advised workers on wills and other personal matters.
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11. Wendell Willkie wrote two articles for Collier's, one urging an internationalist foreign policy, and the other demanding advances in civil rights for African Americans.
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16. Wendell Willkie spent much of 1943 preparing for a second presidential run, addressing Republican and nonpartisan groups.
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19. Wendell Willkie promised to end racial segregation in Washington, DC Wendell Willkie gained the endorsements of the two largest African American newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier and the Baltimore Afro-American.
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20. On October 26, 1942, Wendell Willkie made a "Report to the People", telling Americans about his trip in a radio speech heard by about 36 million people.
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21. Wendell Willkie was taken to the front in order to observe the Chinese military forces in their fight against the Japanese, and he spoke out against colonialism, in China and elsewhere.
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22. In China, Wendell Willkie was hosted by Chiang Kai-shek and was fascinated by Madame Chiang.
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23. In early 1942, Wendell Willkie considered a run for Governor of New York.
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28. Wendell Willkie won 10 states to the president's 38 though he did better than Hoover and Landon had against Roosevelt.
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29. Wendell Willkie received 45 percent of the popular vote to Roosevelt's 55 percent.
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30. Wendell Willkie began to argue that Roosevelt would not keep the US out of war, but that he would.
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31. Wendell Willkie promised to keep New Deal social welfare programs intact, expand Social Security, and provide full employment, a job for everyone: "I pledge a new world".
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33. Wendell Willkie had Republican National Committee chairman John Hamilton dismissed on the advice of some of his advisors, who felt Hamilton was too conservative and isolationist, though the former chairman was given the post of executive director with partial responsibility for the Willkie campaign.
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34. Wendell Willkie agreed, and got Baldwin to withdraw as others persuaded McNary, who had called Willkie a tool of Wall Street after arriving in Philadelphia.
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35. Wendell Willkie had offered the vice presidential nomination to Connecticut Governor Raymond Baldwin, a key supporter, but scuttled those plans after his advisors and Republican officials felt that a New York-Connecticut ticket would not give sufficient geographic balance.
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39. Wendell Willkie blamed his allegiance shift on the Roosevelt policies that he deemed anti-business.
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43. Wendell Willkie took his case to the people, writing columns for major publications, and proposing terms for an agreement that The New York Times described as "sensible and realistic".
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44. Wendell Willkie warned that New York capital might avoid Tennessee if the TVA experiment continued, and when Roosevelt gave a speech in praise of the agency, issued a statement rebutting him.
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46. Wendell Willkie backed Baker, and was an assistant floor manager for his campaign.
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47. Wendell Willkie maintained his interest in politics, and was a delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention.
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55. Wendell Willkie enrolled at Indiana School of Law in late 1915.
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56. Wendell Willkie involved himself in campus politics, successfully managing the campaign of future Indiana governor Paul McNutt for student office, but when Willkie ran himself, he was defeated.
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61. Wendell Willkie was born in Elwood, Indiana, in 1892; both his parents were lawyers, and he became one.
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