Presidential nominee

The July 25 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photograph of U.S. Democratic Party presidential nominee John W. Davis:


John W. Davis (1873-1955) won the 1924 Democratic presidential nomination on the mind-numbing 103rd ballot. He lost the presidential election to Calvin Coolidge. He won only 28.8% of the popular vote, the smallest percentage ever won by a Democratic nominee – though it didn’t help that Robert LaFollette ran for president on the Progressive Party ticket and picked up 16.6% of the vote.

Besides being a presidential nominee, Davis was the United States ambassador to Britain from 1918 to 1921. He was also a successful lawyer, as he argued 140 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) was an artist and magazine illustrator. He was best known for drawing Gibson Girls.

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