Facts in Five

I’ve seen this guy before edition- Wendell Willkie/Donald Trump?

 

  • Wendell Willkie was a successful businessman who started a political career later in life
  • Willkie was a longtime Democrat who switched parties after a dispute with the sitting President(FDR)
  • He secured the 1940 Republican nomination at a brokered convention
  • His 1940 campaign was plagued by well publicized gaffes- including an inappropriate jab at Labor Secretary Frances Perkins’ gender
  • Willkie was a wealthy man with a background in big business, yet his campaign tried desperately to appeal to a new breed of populists- it failed. 
Business leader, political novice

Business leader, political novice

Business leader, political novice

Business leader, political novice

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