The Bull Moose Party

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The Bull Moose Party
The Bull Moose Party is a third party in American history that lasted from 1912 to 1916. The party was founded by Teddy Roosevelt and was formerly known as the Progressive Party. “It called for revision of the political nominating machinery and an aggressive program of social legislation. The party’s popular nickname of Bull Moose was derived from the characteristics of strength and vigor often used by Roosevelt to describe himself” (Bull Moose Party). The Bull Moose Party was somewhat successful, although it dissolved several years later.

The Bull Moose Party was created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Roosevelt was President of the United States until 1909. Following Roosevelt, a republican, William Howard Taft became President. Taft was also a republican. At the end of Taft’s term, Theodore Roosevelt was dissatisfied with Taft’s leadership and decided he wanted to become the republican nominee for President. The party decided to choose Taft for their nominee for President. Angered and upset, Roosevelt stormed out of the convention center and formed his own party. This party became known as the Progressive Party and would later be referred to as the Bull Moose Party. Theaodre Roosevelt ran for President in the 1912 election as a Progressive. His running mate was Hiram Johnson.

The Bull Moose Party focused on many different platforms, and would be classified and ideological third party. “True to Roosevelt's progressive beliefs, the platform of the party called for major reforms including women's suffrage, social welfare assistance for women and children, farm relief, revisions in banking, health insurance in industries, and worker's compensation. The party also wanted an easier method to amend the constitution” (Bull Moose Party; About.com) Their platform called for registration for lobbyist, strong restrictions on political campaign contributions, and recording and publication of the proceedings of Congressional Committee. The...
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