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Favorable or Unfavorable #203: Albert B Cummins


Favorable or Unfavorable #203: Albert B Cummins  

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Albert B Cummins (IA-R) is one of the earliest progressives, even pre-dating the Progressive Era by a few years. He was something of a state rival to the more conservative William B Allison. Cummins wasn't as radical as La Follette, although the two were closely aligned. Cummins supported McKinley in 1896 and 1900. The closest he got to being radical was in 1912 when he supported Roosevelt over Taft in the general. He did so, but he didn't approve of Roosevelt running 3rd party, although he supported TR in the general. He joined the more establishment GOP after Wilson was out of power, possibly because most of the reform he wanted had already been won. 

His actions:

Cummins, Albert B 1908 Prog challenger to longtime incumbent Allison for Sen seat; loses but gets seat when Allison dies
Cummins, Albert B 1909 one of Prog action group opposed to P/A Tariff
Cummins, Albert B 1910 amendment to postal savings plan
Cummins, Albert B 1912 Rep Pres cand
Cummins, Albert B 1912 Supports Roosevelt over Taft in the general election
Cummins, Albert B 1913 calls for investig of tariff lobbying
Cummins, Albert B 1914 adds labor amendment to Clayton Act
Cummins, Albert B 1916 Rep Pres Cand; helps swing support to Hughes later in the balloting
Cummins, Albert B 1917 Supports the War, but opposes League idea and much of Wilson's foreign policy
Cummins, Albert B 1920 Esch-Cummins Transportation Act (RRs)
Cummins, Albert B 1921 Breaks w/ Progressives to ally more closely with Harding and his allies
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