Hopkins at Christodora House

  • June Hopkins
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)


On their trip from Iowa to New York in the summer of 1912, Louis Hartson and Harry Hopkins felt the excitement brewing during that election year. The duo first stopped off in Chicago, where Hopkins crashed the Republican National Convention by posing as Elihu Root’s secretary and witnessed Theodore Roosevelt bolting the party. After spending three days in the nation’s capital, they continued on to Baltimore, where the Democrats were holding their convention. Hartson remembered particularly “Harry’s conversation with the Tammany delegates who were supporting [New York City Mayor William J.] Gaynor, and his putting in a word in favor of Woodrow Wilson.”1 Hopkins’ friend and biographer Robert Sherwood wrote that “the sight and sound of the political giants excited him and for the next twenty years he nourished a desire to become combatant in that bloody arena.”2


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