Union Party

   In 1936, various groups critical of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal gathered to oppose his reelection. They included Father Charles Coughlin and the National Union for Social Justice, William Lemke and the Nonpartisan League, Francis Townsend, and Gerald K. Smith of the “Share Our Wealth” Plan. Their candidate for the presidency was Lemke, and they called for economic protectionism, isolationism, inflation of the currency, refinancing of farm mortgages, old-age pensions, increased work relief, and higher taxation of the rich. The leaders were, however, hopelessly divided and quickly split into separate groups. Lemke managed to attract only 882, 479 votes. Despite Lemke’s best efforts the party disappeared by 1939.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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