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Old December 13th, 2013, 10:29 AM   #1

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Is there anyone you think should've been President? This includes Presidential candidates and those who never ran for office.

Why that person? What would've been different today if they would've been elected?
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Charles Evans Hughes may have the best resume of any non-president, having served as Governor of New York, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice. He was a (Progressive) reformer and a legitimate intellectual.
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Henry Clay, from Kentucky, would have been a good one.
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Old December 13th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #4

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Shirley Chisholm:

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author.[3] She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress.[4] On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination (Margaret Chase Smith had previously run for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination).[4] She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

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She survived three assassination attempts during the campaign.
She campaigned in 12 states and won the Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey primaries earning 152 delegates

pretty cool lady

I also think H. Clay could have done a fine job as well... and would have been very interesting
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My first impulse before I thought of Charles Evans Hughes was to say Ed Koch.
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Is there anyone you think should've been President? This includes Presidential candidates and those who never ran for office.

Why that person? What would've been different today if they would've been elected?
Ron Paul, Gary Johnson.
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It is nice to see Shirley Chisholm has not been forgotten. Her book, Unbought and Unbossed is still available.
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FREE SPEECH, FREE PRESS, FREE SOIL,
FREE MEN, FREMONT AND VICTORY.

John Fremont was nominated for president by the newly formed republican party in 1856. His praises were sung by the likes of Emerson, Whittier, Walt Witman, Washington Irving and other intellectuals of the time. The newspaper giants of the century endorsed him; Greeley of the Tribune, Dana of the Sun, Bryant of the Evening Post. He also had strong support from University presidents and from Americas pulpits came overwhelming support.
He lost the contest to James Buchanan. Would he have made a better President? It is hard to say and speculation is no answer. Fremont has been described by historians as being a strong personality. Certainly stronger than Buchanan. If elected would he have been strong enough to win a second term? He is often characterized as enjoying being the one in charge, as having the germ of the dictator, he disliked restraint over him, he often acted without authority. All were traits that could have worked both for or against him as a president. It is fruitless to speculate, but interesting.
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John Fremont was nominated for president by the newly formed republican party in 1856. His praises were sung by the likes of Emerson, Whittier, Walt Witman, Washington Irving and other intellectuals of the time. The newspaper giants of the century endorsed him; Greeley of the Tribune, Dana of the Sun, Bryant of the Evening Post. He also had strong support from University presidents and from Americas pulpits came overwhelming support.
He lost the contest to James Buchanan. Would he have made a better President? It is hard to say and speculation is no answer. Fremont has been described by historians as being a strong personality. Certainly stronger than Buchanan. If elected would he have been strong enough to win a second term? He is often characterized as enjoying being the one in charge, as having the germ of the dictator, he disliked restraint over him, he often acted without authority. All were traits that could have worked both for or against him as a president. It is fruitless to speculate, but interesting.
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