61 Facts About Wendell Willkie

1. Wendell Willkie went on to stress the need for a "loyal opposition" in a two-party system; he visited England and the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and China (1942).

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2. Wendell Willkie went on to stress the need for a "loyal opposition" in a two-party system; he visited England and the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and China (1942).

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3. Wendell Willkie died October 8, 1944 and was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Indiana.

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4. In 1943, Wendell Willkie wrote about his experiences traveling the globe in his best-selling book One World.

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5. Wendell Willkie received his law degree from Indiana University in 1916.

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6. Wendell Willkie went on to stress the need for a "loyal opposition" in a two-party system; he visited England and the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and China (1942).

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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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8. Wendell Willkie urged [Americans] to imagine and feel a new form of reciprocity with the world, one that millions of Americans responded to with unprecedented urgency.

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9. The next morning, Wendell Willkie suffered one last attack which proved fatal.

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10. Wendell Willkie spent time working on the galleys of his second book, An American Program, and planned future projects.

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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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12. Wendell Willkie attracted large crowds in most places, and he told them that the Republican party would fail unless it accepted the New Deal and recognized the need for the US to remain active in the world after the war.

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13. Wendell Willkie was endorsed by most newspapers, but polls showed him well behind Dewey both in the state and nationwide.

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14. Wendell Willkie had not taken Wisconsin's electoral votes in 1940, though he had won in all parts of the state except Milwaukee.

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15. Wendell Willkie made his candidacy clear in an interview with Look magazine in early October 1943, arguing that a return to isolationism would lead the party to disaster.

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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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17. Wendell Willkie spoke out against those who blamed the Jews for the war, warning against "witch-hanging and mob-baiting".

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18. Wendell Willkie addressed a convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1942, one of the most prominent politicians to do so up to that point.

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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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24. In late 1941, Wendell Willkie fought for the repeal of the Neutrality Act.

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25. Wendell Willkie went to Ireland, hoping to persuade Eamon de Valera to abandon neutrality, but his urging was unavailing.

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26. Wendell Willkie visited the president at the White House for the first time as an ally on January 19, 1941, the evening before Roosevelt's third swearing-in.

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27. Wendell Willkie had already been planning a visit in support for Britain.

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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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32. Wendell Willkie gave interviews to reporters there, and his firm support of Roosevelt's aid to the Allies led Congressman Martin and Senator McNary to support a peacetime draft despite the strident objections of many Republicans and some Democrats.

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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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36. Wendell Willkie led with 429 delegates after the fifth ballot, while Taft held 377 and Dewey only 57.

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37. Wendell Willkie spoke often about the threat to America and the need to aid Britain and other Allies.

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38. Wendell Willkie had voted for Landon in 1936, he said, and he felt that the Democrats no longer represented the values he advocated.

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39. Wendell Willkie blamed his allegiance shift on the Roosevelt policies that he deemed anti-business.

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40. Wendell Willkie never had any doubt that Roosevelt would run for a third term, and that his route to the White House would have to be through the Republican Party.

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41. Wendell Willkie raised his stock considerably when on January 3, 1938, he debated Assistant Attorney General Robert H Jackson on the radio show, Town Meeting of the Air.

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42. Wendell Willkie had long contemplated one, but made no announcement.

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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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45. Wendell Willkie approved of the ideas for development of the Tennessee Valley, but felt that the government role should be limited to selling power generated by dams.

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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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48. Wendell Willkie promoted Willkie over 50 junior executives, designating the younger man as his successor.

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49. Wendell Willkie attended the Broadway theatre, and read through ten newspapers each day.

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50. In 1925, Wendell Willkie led a successful effort to oust Klan members on the Akron school board.

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51. Wendell Willkie backed a proposed plank in support of the League of Nations that ultimately failed.

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52. Wendell Willkie was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention, and supported New York Governor Al Smith through the record 103 ballots, when the nomination fell to former West Virginia congressman John W Davis.

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53. Wendell Willkie was bored there, and on the advice of his wife, left for a law firm despite an offer from Harvey Firestone to double his salary.

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54. Wendell Willkie was a top student, and graduated with high honors in 1916.

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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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57. Wendell Willkie started preaching to Wendell to get to work and that kid went to town.

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58. Wendell Willkie sought backing from uncommitted delegates, while his supporters—many youthful—enthusiastically promoted his candidacy.

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59. Wendell Willkie was rapidly promoted, and became corporate president in 1933.

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60. Wendell Willkie served in World War I but was not sent to France until the final days of the war, and saw no action.

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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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