In 1904, after Theodore Roosevelt's landslide election to a full term, journalists pressed the young President over whether or not he would run again in 1908. Roosevelt dodged their questions and continued to do so until 1908, when he announced his bid for a second full term. Roosevelt's critics charged he was breaking Washington's "no third term" precedent. But Roosevelt's supporters claimed that since TR had only been elected to one term, he had a right to run for a second elective term in 1908.

What if Roosevelt had decided that seven years in the White House was enough and he declined to run again in 1908?
 
In 1904, after Theodore Roosevelt's landslide election to a full term, journalists pressed the young President over whether or not he would run again in 1908. Roosevelt dodged their questions and continued to do so until 1908, when he announced his bid for a second full term. Roosevelt's critics charged he was breaking Washington's "no third term" precedent. But Roosevelt's supporters claimed that since TR had only been elected to one term, he had a right to run for a second elective term in 1908.

What if Roosevelt had decided that seven years in the White House was enough and he declined to run again in 1908?

If Roosevelt doesn't run in 1908, do the Democrats stand a chance? Might Bryan have the audacity for a third try at the White House?
 
He and Taft didn't get along. I imagine the Democrats would win.

John Johnson of Minnesota wasn't a particularly strong candidate. Even against someone other than TR he'd be facing an uphill climb.

Taft didn't want to go into politics. That's why TR made him Chief Justice in 1910. Maybe Root is nominated instead. Facing a New York corporate lawyer in the progressive era, Johnson might have a shot.
 
You think we might finally get President Bryan, or is that ASB?

Probably. After two defeats Bryan was done and he never ran for President again.

In his third term Roosevelt appointed several progressive judges to the Supreme Court and broke up the Standard Oil trust. Might Taft or Root, who were more conservative, have acted differently?
 
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