Theodore Roosevelt had taken office after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 by anarchist Leon Czikgisz. He had enjoyed a successful and popular few years, and was nominated to re-run without any opposition. Indiana senator Charles Fairbanks was chosen for vice president. The Democrats nominated Alton B. Parker, chief justice of the Court of New York Appeals who was not well-known by voters, with 82-year-old businessman Henry James as vice presidential candidate. With a strong economic climate. progressive policy initiatives and overwhelming voter-support, Roosevelt’s re-election was a foregone conclusion. He enjoyed a landslide victory, making him the first president to be re-elected who was not originally elected to office.
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