Champ Clark for President, 1912-2012
Into the Past
The Time is Now
One hundred years ago, Champ Clark of Bowling Green, Missouri was unfairly denied the Democratic Presidential nomination at the turbulent Baltimore Convention of 1912. Due to a split in the Republican Party, if nominated Clark would have been elected the 28th President of the United States, the first Missourian to hold the Executive Office.
The Champ Clark Heritage Festival, held on the town square in Bowling Green, Missouri on Saturday, September 8, 2012, provided the platform as Champ Clark's candidacy for President of the United States was announced, "Champ Clark for President, 1912-2012"
The Champ Clark Heritage Festival, held on the town square in Bowling Green, Missouri on Saturday, September 8, 2012, saw an outpouring of support for Champ's whimsical candidacy. Ben Clark, the candidate's great-grandson, kicked off the campaign with a speech delivered on the courthouse steps, at the foot of the Champ Clark statue. Hundreds of campaign buttons and pieces of campaign literature were snatched up by enthusiastic fair-goers.
A steady stream of visitors toured The Champ Clark House, where antique victrolas played Clark's campaign theme song -- "They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun'" -- as well as rare recordings of Clark speeches.
The Festival was a fitting precursor to our Annual Dinner, held Thursday, October 25. Ben Clark delivered a speech entitled "The Events of 1912," providing an in-depth look at the Presidential candidacy (and betrayal) of Pike County's Champ Clark.