Monday, February 17, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: February 17

On February 17, 1914, Senator Albert Ullman of California reflected on his loss to Secretary of State Victoriano Consalus in the recent Mexican presidential election: "Not since 1857 -- over half a century ago -- has a Libertarian occupied the Presidential Palace. Our last successful candidate, Hector Niles, was elected when the public turned against the Rocky Mountain War. Perhaps it will take a similar tragedy to get us back in office." As Sobel notes, Ullman could scarcely have realized how prophetic his words would be.

The Mexico City Times reported on Ullman's statement the next day.

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