The Contender
Wendell Willkie
Born: February 18, 1892
Died: October 8, 1944
"For now more than ever, we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love. "

1929: Legal Counsel for Commonwealth & Southern Corporation (an electric utility company)

1933: President of Commonwealth & Southern Corporation

1940: Runs for President of the United States

1941: Joins the law firm of Miller, Boston, and Owen in New York City. The name of the firm shortly changes to Willkie, Owen, Otis, Farr, and Gallagher

1941-42: Serves as President Roosevelt’s representative to Britain, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and China

1943: Publishes One World, a book recounting his adventures

1940 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
Franklin D. RooseveltDemocratic44927,313,94554.7%
Wendell WillkieRepublican8222,347,74444.7%

Did you know...
Prior to receiving the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, Wendell Willkie had never before run for public office.

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