This week we recognize what would have been President William Taft’s 154th birthday by delving into the Library’s digitized collection of Presidential Campaign Songs. Taft was the 27th President of the United States, serving from 1909-1913. Note that this week’s Sheet Music of the Week, “President Taft, He’s All Right” with words and music by W.J. Applegate and Julian Thoré, was published in 1912. The song was clearly published in support of President Taft’s re-election. Although Taft beat out Theodore Roosevelt for the Republican Party nomination, Roosevelt created the “Progressive Party” (or the “Bull Moose” Party), splitting the Republican vote – take a look at the “Bull Moose” campaign song, “Triplicity, or Donkey, MOOSE, or Elephant.”
In the end, the Republican split assured the Democrats a victory and Woodrow Wilson won the Presidential election of 1912. The Library’s collection of Presidential campaign songs documents a fascinating account of American political history through art and song – check out what other presidents are represented in our online collection!