Robert R Mccormick

Grandson of Joseph Medill, Robert R. McCormick began his political career as an alderman, but would become famous throughout the U.S. as a leading voice of the Republican Party.

McCormick ran the Chicago Tribune, successfully making it into an unapologetic arm of the GOP. He was of the old school of newspapermen who believed that papers should be advocate voices, rather than objective publications.1

McCormick became known for his anti-internationalism while rallying against Woodrow Wilson's proposed League of Nations. For twenty years he became the loudest critic of Democratic White Houses, and when FDR won in 1932, McCormick became a rallying point for Republicans who were bereft of a leader.2

It is said that every President from Harding to Eisenhower tried to conciliate him, but none ever really succeeded. Likewise, McCormick was never able to successfully elect the president he supported.

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