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Name Willkie, Wendell
Othernames Lewis Wendell Willkie
Born 2/18/1892
Birthplace Elwood, Indiana
Places of residence Elwood, Indiana
Akron, Ohio
New York, New York
Rushville, Indiana
Father Herman Willkie
Mother Henrietta Trisch
Notes Wendell Lewis Willkie was born on February 18, 1892 in Elwood, Indiana where both of his parents were attorneys. After graduating from Indiana University, he served as an attorney with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. He then moved to New York City where he joined and soon presided over a large electric utility company. Willkie was originally a Democrat, but changed his allegiance to the Republican Party during the Depression. Although he had never run for elected office before, he was nominated to run for President of the United States against Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Willkie won 45 percent of the vote but carried only nine states besides Indiana. After the election, Willkie became a personal emissary for Roosevelt and traveled to Great Britain and the Middle East. In 1943, Willkie wrote One World. The book was a plea for international peacekeeping after the war. In 1944, Willkie again sought the Republican nomination, but dropped out early on. He died on October 8, 1944. A few days later, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote of Willkie in her My Day column. She said that Willkie was a "man of courage …. Americans tend to forget the names of the men who lost their bid for the presidency. Wilkie proved the exception to this rule."
Occupation Lawyer, presidential candidate, statesman
Publications One World (1943)
Spouse Edith Wilk
Children Philip Herman Willkie (1919 - 1974)

Associated Records

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Material, Archival -

Three scrapbook pages of news clippings about family and friends of Marion and Ralph Rector.

Collection consists of various archival materials relating to the history of Muncie and Delaware County: miscellaneous archival items, photographs, oversize images, negatives, framed images, and bound reference materials (books).

Book - One World

Book: One World by Wendell Willkie.

Image of Booklet - Willkie Pictorial Souvenir

Booklet - Willkie Pictorial Souvenir

Souvenir book: Willkie Pictorial Souvenir : Pictorial Epic of a Citizen of the United States of America.

Clipping, Newspaper - Elwood Call-Leader, The

Newspaper front pages: The Elwood Call-Leader, vol. 50, , nos. 197-199.

Pamphlet -

Booklet: We, the People, A foundation for a political platform for recovery, by Wendell L. Willkie. Reprinted from Fortune Magazine, April 1940.

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Sticker -

Sticker: On to Elwood, August 17th, Willkie Notification.

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Brochure -

Brochure: Elwood's Golden Opportunity through Wendell L. Willkie, Our Native Son.

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Program -

Program: Wendell Willkie's Notification Ceremony.

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Envelope -

Envelope: Wendell Willkie's campaign stationary. Miss Enid Gusl is written on the front..

Image of Postcard - Wendell Willkie

Postcard - Wendell Willkie

Postcard: Wendell Willkie.

Image of Postcard - Where Mrs. Willkie was lLbrarian Before Marriage

Postcard - Where Mrs. Willkie was lLbrarian Before Marriage

Postcard: Library where Mrs. Willkie worked as a librarian prior to her marriage.

Image of Postcard - Birthplace of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard - Birthplace of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard: Pen and ink drawing of the birthplace of 1940 Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - Boyhood home of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard - Boyhood home of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard: Boyhood home of 1940 Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - Old High School Building, Elwood, Indiana, Where Wendell L. Willkie Graduated

Postcard - Old High School Building, Elwood, Indiana, Where Wendell L. Willkie Graduated

Postcard: Old High School Building, Elwood, Indiana, Where Wendell L. Willkie Graduated.

Image of Postcard - Boyhood Home of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard - Boyhood Home of Wendell Willkie, Elwood, Indiana

Postcard: Wendell Willkie's boyhood home, Elwood, Indiana.

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Button, Political -

This political button from the 1940 Republican convention in Philadelphia advertised the presidential candidacy of Wendell Willkie. There is a wide yellow ribbon attached to the bottom of the circular white button. A small figure of a white elephant is attached to the button by a red string. The blue lettering on the button reads, "Phila. / Republican National Convention / 1940." The black lettering on the button reads, "We Want Willkie for President."

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Button, Political -

This circular political button was used during the 1940 presidential campaign of Wendell Willkie. There is a picture of Willkie at the center of the button. The black lettering above the picture reads, "For President," and below the picture, "Wendell Willkie." There is a red and white striped border around the edge of the button. The stripes are interspersed with four blue rectangles; each rectangle contains two small white stars. Three ribbons -- one red, one white and one blue -- are attached to the bottom of the button. A small white elephant figure is also attached to the bottom of the button.

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Novelty, Promotional -

This small bat was used to advertise the presidential candidacy of Wendell Willkie. The wood is very tight grained and hard. The silver-green lettering on the bat reads, "Bat For Willkie / Elwood, Ind."