President William Howard Taft signed the papers accepting Arizona into statehood, on February 14, 1912. He still finished third behind Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Bullmoose Party’s Teddy Roosevelt in that fall’s elections. Photo found at Mrs. Convir’s page, Balboa Magnet School (Can you identify others in the photo? Who is the young man?)
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Retired teacher of law, economics, history, AP government, psychology and science. Former speechwriter, press guy and legislative aide in U.S. Senate. Former Department of Education. Former airline real estate, telecom towers, Big 6 (that old!) consultant. Lab and field research in air pollution control.
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BS in Mass Communication, University of Utah
Graduate study in Rhetoric and Speech Communication, University of Arizona
JD from the National Law Center, George Washington University
Taft had a problem with Arizona’s admission; he objected to a provision in their constitution allowing for recall of judges by popular vote, or something of that sort. Arizona obligingly submitted a version of their constitution without the offending provision, and Taft approved its bid for statehood. And, once in, Arizona promptly re-inserted the provision into its constitution, much to Taft’s annoyance.
Many years ago I amused myself by reading through at least two newspapers from 1912 on microfilm at the Portland State College library; at least one of them, though Republican in sympathy, took a rather derisive editorial tone toward Taft on the issue. There is a certain fascination in reading old political diatribes; the vitriol remains even when the ashes are cold–to mix metaphors.
Years ago, when I was in grade school in Oregon, we got Valentine’s Day off. Okay, it was actually Oregon Statehood Day or something like that, but we got it off from school.