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Samuel Tilden with Thomas A. Hendricks gets elected president 1876, winning California by a razor-thin margin.

1878: Tilden is almost assassinated by an anti-Democrat extremist.


Tilden is vastly unpopular by 1880, and loses reelection to James G. Blaine with John A. Logan.

Blaine, despite growing unpopularity, wins reelection in 1884 by a narrow margin.

1886: Vice President John A. Logan dies. President Blaine chooses George F. Edmunds, Senator from Vermont, to be his new Vice President. Despite Edmunds not really wanting the job of Vice President, he accepts because Blaine's second term is over in less than two years, and he figures being the incumbent Vice President would make him be a shoo-in for the Republican presidential nomination in 1888.

1888: Grover Cleveland with Allen G. Thurman defeats Blaine Vice President George Edmunds. Edmunds is remarkably disappointed.


1891: Thomas Brackett Reed, Speaker of the House, announces plans to run for President. He is considered a shoo-in for the Republican nomination. Unlike OTL, William McKinley is unsuccessful in blocking his attempt to run.

August, 1892: Cleveland attempts to link Reed and the unpopular Blaine (both were from Maine). However, the witty, likeable and friendly Reed is able to maintain a lead in the polls.

October, 1892: Cleveland calls Reed "Czar Reed" (what Democrats would call Reed because of the way he ran the House), in a newspaper interview. Reed fires back "I attended public schools, worked my way through Bowdoin College, and worked my way to the position I'm in now. Perhaps, Mr. President, they should look at you if they want a Czar." in his own newspaper interview. Reed maintains a solid lead in the polls.

November, 1892: Reed wins the election in a landslide.

1896: Benjamin Bristow, Reed's Vice President, dies. Matthew S. Quay is chosen to replace him.

Thomas Brackett Reed is reelected without fanfare in 1896.


1900: Democrat William Jennings Bryan defeats presumably stronger candidate Levi P. Morton by a narrow margin. Bryan's Vice President, Arthur Sewall, is ridiculed as being inexperienced throughout his presidency.

1904: Matthew S. Quay is presumed to be the next Republican nominee for president. However, he dies in May, throwing the party into chaos. William B. Allison comes away the the Republican nomination, and defeats Bryan in the election.

1905: Arthur Sewall, former Vice President to William Jennings Bryan, dies, five years after his death OTL.

August, 1908: William B. Allison dies. Levi P. Morton becomes president, and Morton chooses William Howard Taft to be his Vice President.

September, 1908: New president Levi P. Morton decides not to run for a full term, despite initial interest. William Howard Taft wins the Republican nomination.

1908: Out of nowhere, former Republican turned Progressive Theodore Roosevelt defeats both Taft/Sherman and the divided Democrats, who renominated Bryan.


1910: The entire Republican Party is swallowed by the might of the Progressives. Gold Democrats vs. Free Silver Democrats put the Democratic Party in a difficult spot.

1912: Roosevelt wins reelection without much fanfare, defeating Adlai Stevenson. Eugene Debs does surprisingly well in some states.

1916: Roosevelt stuns everyone, running for a third term. The move was considered political suicide, and disgusts some of even his staunchest supporters. The Progressives split the vote between Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson, Roosevelt’s former VP. Eugene Debs wins the state of Indiana. Woodrow Wilson wins a plurality of the vote with Thomas R. Marshall, and takes the election. William Howard Taft, one of the few remaining Republicans, comes in last.


1920: Woodrow Wilson wins reelection over Debs and Progressive John W. Weeks

1924: Progressive Robert La Follette with Burton K. Wheeler wins the election over James Cox.

1926: James Cox switches to the Progressive Party, saying "The Democrats have just moved to far to the right".

1928: La Follette wins reelection over William Gibbs McAdoo.


1932: McAdoo with Herbert Hoover defeats La Follette VP Burton Wheeler.

1933: The stock markets crash, causing the Great Depression. McAdoo is used as a scapegoat, and becomes vastly unpopular.

1935: Robert La Follette dies, ten years after he does OTL.

1936: Progressive Franklin Roosevelt, with former Democrat turned Progressive James Cox, defeats Democrat McAdoo by a wide margin.


1940: Progressive Franklin Roosevelt defeats Democrat Al Smith.

1944: Roosevelt stuns everyone by running for a third term. Unlike earlier with Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressives throw their full support behind Roosevelt, and the Democrats have a weak candidate in Alf Landon. Roosevelt wins in a landslide.

1945: Franklin Roosevelt dies. James Cox becomes president.

1948: Democrat Thomas Dewey defeats Progressive Harry Truman, as Cox doesn't want to run for a full term.


1952: Progressive Dwight Eisenhower with Earl Warren defeats Democrat Thomas Dewey.

1956: Eisenhower defeats Democrat Estes Kefauver.


1960: Progressive John F. Kennedy with Hubert Humphrey narrowly defeats Democrat Barry Goldwater.

1963: Kennedy discovers a complex assassination plot against him, involving the Mafia, the Secret Service, the FBI, Cuba, Cuban exiles, and an American spy in the Soviet Union. The plot is revealed in several major newspapers, and by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. Several high-ranking government officials are arrested.

1964: Progressive John F. Kennedy defeats Democrat Barry Goldwater again, but this time by a landslide.

September, 1968: Earl Warren upsets Hubert Humphrey at the Progressive National Convention, narrowly winning the party's nomination.

November, 1968: In a stunning upset, Progressive Earl Warren, with Edmund Muskie, defeats Democrat Richard Nixon.


1972: Progressive Earl Warren with Edmund Muskie defeats Democrat Nelson Rockefeller.

1974: President Earl Warren dies at the age of 83. Edmund Muskie becomes president, and chooses South Dakota Senator George McGovern to be his Vice President. President Warren's body lay in state in the Capitol rotunda before the long funeral procession. It is considered one of the saddest moments of American history, as Warren's popularity was very high and he was a beloved president. It was also a defining moment of American unity.

1976: Progressive Edmund Muskie defeats Democrat Gerald Ford in a landslide similar to Johnson over Goldwater in 1964 OTL.


1980: Democrat Ronald Reagan with Bob Dole defeats Progressive George McGovern.

1984: Ronald Reagan defeats Progressive Gary Hart in a landslide.

September, 1988: In a stunning upset, aging perennial candidate Harold Stassen defeats Bob Dole in the Democratic primaries.

November, 1988: Progressive Jerry Brown with Michael Dukakis defeats the notoriously weak candidate Harold Stassen in a landslide rivaled only to FDR's landslide defeat of Al Smith in 1940.


September, 1992: A bitter battle is fought in the Democratic primaries between Phil Gramm, Texas Senator, and Reagan Vice President Bob Dole. Gramm ultimately wins the Democratic nomination narrowly. Dole is shocked in the primaries once again.

November, 1992: Brown defeats Democrat Phil Gramm, by a decent margin, but not as big as when Brown defeated Stassen in 1988.

1996: Progressive Al Gore with Bill Bradley defeats Democrat Bob Dole, former Reagan Vice President, who finally was able to win the Democratic Primary almost ten years after he first ran.


2000: Al Gore defeats Democrat Jack Kemp by a decent margin.

2004: Democrat John McCain with George W. Bush defeats Progressive Bill Bradley.

2008: Progressive Barack Obama with Pat Leahy defeats John McCain.


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