Quotation by William Howard Taft

Do you know I believe that [William Jennings] Bryan will force his nomination on the Democrats again. I believe he will either do this by advocating Prohibition, or else he will run on a Prohibition platform independent of the Democrats. But you will see that the year before the election he will organize a mammoth lecture tour and will make Prohibition the leading note of every address.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, February 21, 1910. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 1: 286, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930).

Bryan, the teetotaling Democratic presidential candidate defeated in 1896, 1900, and 1908, first tried to obtain county and state option on prohibition. He failed to do so, but did not sponsor national prohibition until World War I as a war measure.
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