This year three remaining Republican candidates are continuing to compete for their parties nomination. Maybe this is the edge they need.
In 1907, a Chicago newspaper polled the editors of several Midwestern a Republican leaning newspaper editors. Of the 1700 responses, the four leading vote getters were:
1. Sec. of War William Howard Taft
2. Speaker of the House Joseph G. Cannon
3. N.Y Gov. and future Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes
3. Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks
Three of the top four prospects Would share at least one thing in common:
Secretary Taft is escorted in a "Ford six" through Oklahoma City during a visit in 1907:
Gov. Hughes rides in "Ford six" during a parade. A Thomas Flyer is to the left of the Ford:
Vice President Fairbanks escorted in a "six cylinder Ford," May, 1907:
I'm waiting for phone calls from campaign staffers. After all, who knows, maybe a ride in a "Ford six" will be just enough to put a candidate over the top..........
It is unfortunate that by the time Taft took office
the model K was no longer in production. The Congress approved the purchase of a White (manufacturer - not color Jerry) steam car for
use by President Taft. I am sure that the car being from his native Ohio had nothing to do with it.
The comb over didn't originate with Donald Trump. However I like the way Mr. Fairbanks hair looks better. He looks more normal!
Hey! The paranoids may be after me here. But, if
you are Normal Norm..............
Author Michael Bromley wrote in his book, "William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency," that Roosevelt and Taft advisor Major Archibald Butts recommended buying two Ford sixes to stay within budget. However, Mrs. Taft would have nothing of that (Ford). This was late 1908, and Ford had not announced discontinuance of the Model K.
According to the author, Maj. Butts did not like the idea of the car companies contributing to the purchase of presidential cars, then using the office as an advertising tool.
President elect Taft purchased a White steamer as his personal car in early 1909, and the White Company made good use promoting his choice:
Pierce assisted with the purchase of two cars, helping the new Taft administration stay within the $12,000 appropriation. As Maj. Butts feared, Pierce made use of the publicity:
Mrs. Taft obtained a Baker electric for her use around the Capitol.
Major Archibald Butts became President Taft's most trusted aide, and the President was deeply saddened when the Major perished in 1912 while a passenger on the Titanic.
Tafts White is currently on display outdoors in Washington.