Mornings on Horseback - Part 3, Chapter 14 Chicago Summary & Analysis

David McCullough
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Part 3, Chapter 14 Chicago Summary

In May 1884, the Republican National Convention was held in Chicago. Blaine was the frontrunner for the nomination for president. Theodore was against this nomination, but he also didn't want the nomination to go to Chester Arthur, although he had been a respectable President after Garfield's murder. Arthur had made little effort to get the nomination and said that he didn't want it. Besides these two nominees, there were a few different dark horses that might upset Blaine. Theodore was banking on Senator George Franklin Edmunds of Vermont.

Theodore departed for Chicago on May 30, with his father's friends, Schurz and Curtis. They were going to work for Edmunds, and Theodore proclaimed that he would not cast a vote for either Blaine or Arthur in the convention. Theodore was almost the only delegate who believed that Blaine could be beaten.

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