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Theodore Roosevelt on Campaign Train in Wisconsin (editor's title)

Theodore Roosevelt campaign train
Exterior view showing Theodore Roosevelt on the observation platform of his private campaign train during a stop in Waukesha, Wisconsin, circa 1904. Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate to use a special, dedicated train for campaigning, complete with office and living quarters. However, trains had been used for campaigning as early as 1836 by William Henry Harrison, and first played a major role during the 1896 presidential race between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, in which both candidates campaigned extensively from trains. While air travel and television reduced the importance of campaign trains, more recent candidates, such as John Kerry in 2004, have continued to use them.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, Waukesha, Wisconsin; Temporal, circa 1904
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created c1904
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Waukesha, Wisconsin
Equipment, Locomotive Private train running as a special
Equipment: Cars Private Observation
Builder, locomotive Pullman
Comments While the date of the photo is unknown, it was likely made during Roosevelt's 1904 campaign, although it could also have been during his presidency.
Collection Arthur Dubin
Train Name Private Train running as a Special
Where Published "More Classic Trains," by Arthur Dubin, p68. Kalmbach, 1974
Image ID Dubin.I.32.6
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