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100 years ago in Spokane: City on itineraries of both parties’ presidential candidates

Spokane, Salt Lake City and Denver were the western-most cities on Harding’s campaign trail. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
Spokane, Salt Lake City and Denver were the western-most cities on Harding’s campaign trail. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Spokane was on the campaign itinerary for both the Republican and Democratic candidates for president.

A new report indicated that Republican Warren G. Harding was planning a swing through Spokane in October. Spokane, Salt Lake City and Denver were the western-most cities on his campaign trail.

Local Republican leaders were thrilled, partly because they believed a personal visit by Harding would help “swing a large part of the doubtful vote to the Republican column,” and partly because his opponent, James M. Cox, was already scheduled to visit Spokane in about 10 days.

The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page, generally leaning Republican, was already on record as applauding Cox’s decision to come to Spokane. It should not be considered a “partisan rally,” but “an event of interest and importance to all citizens.”

“The guest of honor will be entitled to every courtesy that can be extended, not merely by Democrats, but by citizens of every political faith,” said the Chronicle.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1797: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of “Frankenstein,” was born in London.

1967: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1997: Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed (DOH’-dee FY’-ehd), and their driver, Henri (AHN’-ree) Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.)

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