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Lawrence S. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174860

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174860.001.0001

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The Preparatory Years, 1938–1945

The Preparatory Years, 1938–1945

(p.9) 1 The Preparatory Years, 1938–1945
Harold Stassen

Lawrence S. Kaplan

University Press of Kentucky

Young Stassen had many of the qualifications that aspiring politicians find so valuable in America’s presidential tradition. Prominent among them was a “log cabin” origin, which William Henry Harrison had used successfully in the 1840 presidential campaign. At the University of Minnesota Law School, the gregarious Stassen made friends who became loyal supporters in his campaigns for the presidency. But first, Stassen would pursue the governorship of his home state. Success came quickly, enhanced by the political environment of 1938. Republican victories at the polls reflected the seeming failures of the New Deal and, in particular, the negative public reaction to President Roosevelt’s attack against the Supreme Court. In this context, the ambitious young Minnesota governor was hailed as the face of a rejuvenated Republican Party, and he made the most of the acclaim.

Keywords:   St. Paul’s Humboldt High School, University of Minnesota, Edward Thye, Thomas E. Dewey, Republican Old Guard, Wendell Willkie, World War II

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