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Hiram Johnson
HiramJohnson
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1866
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Minne L. McNeal
Political Party: Republican Party, briefly Progressive "Bull Moose" party
Political Office(s): Governor of California,
United States Senator from California
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Center Cannot Hold
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Party: Socialist Party
Political Office(s): Vice President of the United States
Hiram Warren Johnson (September 2, 1866 – August 6, 1945) was a leading American progressive and later isolationist politician from California; he served as Governor from 1911 to 1917, and as a United States Senator from 1917 to 1945, in the Republican Party. He ran for Vice President on former President Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive "Bull Moose" ticket in 1912. This breakaway party comprised Republicans who did not support President William Howard Taft; both Taft and Roosevelt were defeated by Democratic Woodrow Wilson. Johnson later became one of the most vocal Senate opponents of Wilson's foreign policy.

Hiram Johnson in Southern VictoryEdit

Hiram Johnson was a Socialist politician from California, serving as Vice President of the United States from 1929-1933. He was selected in 1928 to run with candidate Hosea Blackford in a successful move to capture the considerable voting block California represented, and thus win the election.[1]

However, the stock market crash came less three months into Blackford's term. Blackford was unable to deal with the resulting depression in any tangible way. The outbreak of the Pacific War with Japan in 1932 didn't help Blackford's popularity.

In an attempt to build support for the ticket as it sought re-election, Johnson arranged for Blackford to visit Los Angeles.[2] As Blackford was in the middle of a speech, Japanese bombers attacked the city. Blackford and Johnson lost their re-election bid that November.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Center Cannot Hold, pg. 214, 218.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 374-377.