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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prohibition Party Succeeded By Spoiling

Comment by richardwinger

By richardwinger

Ex-Congressmen who ran as Prohibition Party presidential nominees were successful. John Bidwell, who had been a California Congressman, was the Prohi nominee in 1892 and got 2.25%, which was the best the party ever did for president. J. Frank Hanly, who had been an Indiana Congressman before he was Indiana Governor, was the Prohi nominee in 1916. Although he only got 1.19%, he caused the Republicans to lose the presidential election (by tipping California) and thus persuaded congressional Republicans to pass the 18th amendment in 1917.