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Vintage Politics: FDR Easily Dispenses of Democratic Opposition in '36

Vintage Politics: FDR Easily Dispenses of Democratic Opposition in ’36

With Ely out of the picture, Roosevelt was virtually assured of his party’s nomination. He faced only token opposition from Col. Henry S. Breckinridge, a former assistant Secretary of War in Woodrow Wilson’s administration. A conservative Democrat, Breckinridge was a prominent member of the rabidly anti-New Deal American Liberty League, a right-wing organization heavily funded by the Du Pont family.