Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today -100: February 12, 1913: Of parades, bribes, and amendments


The Inaugural Committee has ruled that the inaugural parade for Woodrow Wilson will include no women.

Five West Virginia legislators are arrested for taking bribes to vote for William Seymour Edwards (Progressive), a Republican former speaker of the House of Delegates, for US senator. It was actually Edwards who initiated the investigation, calling in the Burns Detective Agency.

Taft orders preparations for an invasion of Mexico, in case it’s needed to protect foreigners in the capital, which is currently the site of artillery battles.

The House Judiciary Committee postpones consideration of a constitutional amendment for a single 6-year presidential term (now written to exempt Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson), leaving it to the next Congress. The idea will never be heard of again.


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