The Contender
Eugene Debs
Born: November 5, 1855
Died: October 20, 1926
"While there is a lower class I am in it; while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."

1875: Founding member and secretary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen

1880: Grand Secretary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen

1884: Indiana General Assembly, served as a democrat

1893: Founded the American Railway Union (one of the first industrial unions in America)

1894: Arrested for allegedly obstructing U.S. mail

1900: Ran for President and Congress as a Socialist

1901: Chairman of the Executive Board of the National Council of the Socialist Democratic Party of the United States

1904: Ran as the Socialist Party of America candidate for President

1905: Founded the Industrial Workers of the World (labor union)

1908: Ran as the Socialist Party of America candidate for President

1912: Ran as the Socialist Party of America candidate for President

1919: Imprisoned on 10 counts of sedition

1920: Ran as the Socialist Party of America candidate for President

1900 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
William McKinleyRepublican2927,228,86451.6%
William Jennings BryanDemocratic1556,370,93245.5%
Eugene DebsSocialist086,8330.8%

1904 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
Theodore RooseveltRepublican3367,630,45756.4%
Alton B. ParkerDemocratic1405,083,88037.6%
Eugene DebsSocialist0402,6863.2%

1908 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
William H. TaftRepublican3217,678,39551.6%
William Jennings BryanDemocratic1626,408,98443.0%
Eugene DebsSocialist0420,7933.4%

1912 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
Woodrow WilsonDemocratic4356,296,28441.8%
Theodore RooseveltProgressive884,122,72127.4%
William Howard TaftRepublican83,486,24223.2%
Eugene V. DebsSocialist0901,5516.0%

1920 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
Warren G. HardingRepublican40416,144,09360.3%
James M. CoxDemocratic1279,139,66134.1%
Eugene V. DebsSocialist0913,6552.9%

Did you know...
Eugene Debs ran as the Socialist Party of American candidate for President five times. He ran his last campaign from the Atlanta Federal Prison in 1920 after being convicted for violating the Sedition Act.

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