Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Wilson defeats Roosevelt and Taft, elected president 100 years ago today (1912)


Video: 'Woodrow Wilson {1 of 2}' (Nov. 5, 1912, at 57:38)

(Tuesday, November 5, 1912, during the 1912 presidential campaign) — Democratic Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey was elected President of the United States today, defeating a former president, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt of New York, and the current president, Republican William Taft of Ohio. Continue reading Wilson defeats Roosevelt and Taft, elected president 100 years ago today (1912)

Grant defeats Greeley, re-elected President of the United States 140 years ago today (1872)


Video: 'The Presidents: Number 18: Ulysses S. Grant' (Nov. 5, 1872, at 6:02)

(Tuesday, November 5, 1872, during the 1872 presidential campaign) — Republican President Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois was re-elected President of the United States today, defeating former U.S. Rep. Horace Greeley of New York (nominated by the Liberal Republican Party and officially endorsed by the Democrats). Continue reading Grant defeats Greeley, re-elected President of the United States 140 years ago today (1872)

President Lincoln relieves Gen. McClellan from command 150 years ago today (1862)


Video: 'Lincoln & McClellan at Antietam 1862.mov'

(Wednesday, November 5, 1862, during the¬†American Civil War) — U.S. President Abraham Lincoln removed Gen. George B. McClellan as commander of the Union Army today for the second and final time.

McClellan had ably built the army in the early stages of the war but was a sluggish and paranoid field commander who seemed unable to muster the courage to aggressively engage Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside assumed command of the Army of the Potomac two days later (on Nov. 7, 1862).

Stevenson concedes defeat in presidential election 60 years ago this hour (1952)


Video: Nov. 5, 1952 (at 3:44)

(Wednesday, November 5, 1952, shortly after midnight CST, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson conceded the race to Repubican nominee Dwight Eisenhower this morning in Springfield, Illinois, saying he felt like a little boy who stubbed his toe in the dark–but who was too old to cry and “it hurt too much to laugh.”