The 1916 & 1920 Elections

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Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and OHS Trustee Doug Pahl for an enlightening discussion of American politics and historic twentieth century elections preceding America’s next Presidential Election.

The 1916 Election: How Women, Feuds, and Muckrakers Tossed the Bearded Iceberg

The 1916 Presidential Election was won by one of the closest margins in history. Pitting incumbent Woodrow Wilson against former New York Governor and Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a mere 1,887 votes separated these men from ascending to the revered office. Many factors behind-the-scenes impacted this close margin, from newly voting women, to the fractioned Republican Party, to campaign tactics that preyed on Americans' fear of joining the Great War.

Doug Pahl is a partner in the Portland office of Perkins Coie LLP and focuses his legal practice on corporate restructuring and debtor-creditor matters. Prior to joining in Perkins Coie in 1999, Doug served on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield.

The 1920 Election: How One Oregonian Changed Presidential History

The 1920 Presidential Election is best known for penning the term "smoke filled room," describing the venue in Chicago's Blackstone Hotel where Republican bosses met during a convention deadlock and decreed that Ohio Senator Warren Harding would be the party's presidential nominee. The same year is also marred by a bitter feud between California Senator Hiram Johnson and an Oregon delegate to the convention, which led to a history-changing moment in America politics.

Prior to joining the Oregon Historical Society as Executive Director in 2011, Kerry Tymchuk worked in the political arena, serving in high level positions for United States Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, United States Senator Bob Dole, and United States Senator Gordon Smith.
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