The Progressive Party was formed 1912 by former President Theodore Roosevelt (27th October, 1858 - 6th January, 1919) when he split from the Republican Party, having become disillusioned with President William Howard Taft's (15th September, 1857 - 8th March, 1930) increasing conservatism. Popularly known as the Bull Moose Party, the Progressives nominated Roosevelt for the Presidency in the 1912 elections against Taft. Democrat Woodrow Wilson (28th December, 1856 - 3rd February, 1924) went on to win the election conclusively.
Dissident Republicans form the Progressive Party (71 words)
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