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Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt Selects His Campaign Manager For His 1904 Presidential Campaign He asks - cajoles - Cornelius Bliss, who had helped McKinley get elected, to become his campaign manager
1887. 6/5/04. Bliss accepted and led the highly successful campaign, TR’s only presidential run as a RepublicanThis campaign led to the first calls for campaign finance reform, and this letter was cited in the investigationCornelius N. Bliss was a partner in one of the largest wholesale dry-goods firms in the country. Involved in politics, he knew fellow New Yorker Chester A. Arthur and served as chairman of the Republican committee in New York in 1887 and 1888, contributing much to the success of the Benjamin Harrison ticket in his state in the 1888 election. Presidents Arthur and Harrison both wanted to offer him cabinet posts, but he declined on the grounds that his wife was a semi-invalid and could not move from their New York home to Washington. He served as Treasurer of the Republican National Committee from 1892 to 1904, and became friendly with William McKinley in his early years in that office. In January 1896, McKinley asked Bliss to become Secretary of the Treasury in his incoming administration, but Bliss declined on the same grounds. He did work closely with the McKinley campaign, and with McKinley’s campaign manager Mark Hanna. From Hanna, Bliss learned much about running a national campaign, and how to get corporations to make major contributions.In the end McKinley just could not accept no for an answer, and as a result of his persistence Bliss accepted the post of Secretary of the Interior in McKinley’s Cabinet. Bliss’s daughter came to Washington to serve as his hostess in lieu of his wife. Then, in 1900, a result of the death of his vice presiden … [Click Below for Full Description]
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