As Parker's political clout began to grow, the Democratic Party began to encourage him to run for president against Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. Parker was a charismatic politician whose focus was on worker's rights, anti-imperialism, tariff reform, campaign finance reform and Roosevelt's abuse of anti-trust legislation. Like most politicians of the time, Parker didn't actively campaign. This would be a major part of Parker's defeat as most of his constituents were Republicans. Ultimately, Parker would lose in a landslide to Roosevelt; with 151 electoral votes to Roosevelt's 325. While Parker may be an obscure figure in history, the issues he tried to pursue hold striking similarity to the foreign and domestic turmoil in the 70s.
By: Jacob Weiss, Tea Barnaby, & Kevin Allan