<!--Not to be confused with Progressive Party-1924, a pressure group extant as of late 2010.
The Progressive Party
of 1924 was a new party created as a vehicle for Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
to run for president in the 1924 election
. It did not run candidates for other offices, and it disappeared after the election except in Wisconsin. Its name resembles the 1912 Progressive Party, which LaFollette opposed and which was defunct by 1919. The 1924 party was composed of La Follette supporters, who were distinguished from the earlier Roosevelt supporters by being generally more agrarian, populist, and midwestern in perspective, as opposed to urban, elitist, and eastern. The 1924 party carried only Wisconsin
, but carried many counties in the Midwest and West with large German American
elements or strong labor union movements.
Years before, La Follette had created the "Progressive" faction inside the Republican Party of Wisconsin
in 1900. In 1912 he attempted to create a Progressive Party
but lost control to Theodore Roosevelt
, who became his bitter enemy. In 1924 the party called for public ownership of railroads, which catered to the Railroad brotherhoods
. La Follette ran with Senator Burton K. Wheeler
, Democratic Senator from Montana
. The party represented a farmer/labor coalition and was endorsed by the Socialist Party of America
, the American Federation of Labor
and many Railroad brotherhoods. La Follette continued to serve... Read More