Gifford Pinchot did as much as anyone to bring the Bull Moose Progressive Party into the 1912 presidential race.
This party was born out of a divide in the Republican Party. President William Howard Taft used the power of incumbency to defeat the insurgent candidacy of former president Teddy Roosevelt.
Roosevelt had done very well in the preference primaries in the spring even winning Taft’s home state of Ohio. But the GOP convention at Chicago was packed with Taft delegates from non-primary states chosen by the party machinery. READ MORE »