Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce the reinstallation of the 1916 Election to the Beginning of World War I gallery. As visitors enter the newly renovated gallery, they are greeted with cheerful music from World War I and the colorful covers of period sheet music which are displayed high above the exhibit.
During the 1916 Presidential election, Woodrow Wilson beat the Republican candidate, former Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes. Wilson received 49% of the popular vote to Hughes’ 46% out of a total of nearly 18 million votes cast. A wonderful collage of campaign buttons embodies the spirit of the tough election. Rare illuminated Magic Lantern slides from the 1916 election illustrate how the President tried to keep the US from entering World War I.
Wilson's campaign theme was, “He kept us out of war.” After intense German submarine warfare, the United States declared war on April 6, 1917. Many of the artifacts are on loan from the collection of Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum board member Tony Atkiss of Dallas. He owns more than 1,400 campaign items about Wilson.
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