Wendell Willkie photograph collection
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- 1940-1950, undated
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Willkie was politically active within the Democratic Party but switched to the Republican Party in the 1930s due to his opposition of President Roosevelt's New Deal and the federal government's Tennessee Valley Authority. His fight for privately owned utility companies against the Tennesee Valley Authority gained him national attention and he won the Republican Party's nomination for president of the United States, running in 1940 against Roosevelt. Willkie lost the election, only receiving 82 electoral votes to Roosevelt's 449.
In 1942, he wrote the bestselling book, One World, a manifesto and travelogue published the following year, which defined a post-World War II world of international peace and freedom. The book advocated for an end to colonialism, World Federalism, and equality for people of color in the United States. The book was a recordbreaking non-fiction bestseller and inspired the One World movement and the World Federalist Movement, the latter of which included Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Kurt Vonnegut among its supporters. Despite his ill health, Willkie again sought presidential nomination in the 1944 race but withdrew after losing the Wisconsin Republican primary. Willkie died on October 8, 1944 in New York City and was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Indiana.
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