Text of A History of Presidential Campaigns POLS 125: Political Parties & Elections
A History of Presidential Campaigns POLS 125: Political Parties & Elections
During the election of 1800, one of Thomas Jeffersons political foes called him a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father raised wholly on hoe-cake made of course-ground Southern corn, bacon and hominy, with an occasional change of fricasseed bullfrog.
The Reluctant Candidate People will never make a man President who is so importunate as to show by his life and conversation that he not only has an eye on, but is in active pursuit of the office. No man who has laid himself out for it, and was unwise enough to let the people into his secret, ever yet obtained it. Clay, Calhoun, Webster, Scott, and a host of lesser lights, should serve as a guide-post to future aspirants. Martin Van Buren, in a letter to his son, John, in 1858