Alton Parker, 1904
In 1904 Teddy Roosevelt had already been serving as president for three years because anarchist Leon Czolgosz had assassinated McKinley
. Czolgosz’s master plan was to stand in a receiving line to shake hands with the president, and when he got to the front of the line, shoot twice at point-blank range. Having no escape route, Czolgosz was immediately apprehended by witnesses, who beat him so badly, it was feared he would not live to stand trial. 1 Anyway. The election was a foregone conclusion. There was very little difference on the issues, so the campaign was all about charisma. Alton Parker, whom everyone seemed to agree was a swell guy, is the only presidential loser never to have a biography written about him. Teddy Roosevelt was Teddy Roosevelt. The southern states went to but the White House went to Teddy. Alton
Teddy Roosevelt: 336
Alton Parker: 140
1. That's the problem with anarchists: no organization.