Joseph Weldon Bailey, Texas’ silver-tongued Senator, declared his opposition to the presidential candidacy of Woodrow Wilson in a statement on January 18, 1911: “I don’t think he would do at all. His revolutionary policy would make a Greek democracy of the country.”
The “golden boy” of the U.S. House, Bailey was chosen minority leader at the tender age of 34. Promoted to the Senate in 1902, he resigned under a cloud of corruption rather than face certain defeat in a 1912 bid for reelection. In his last political race, Bailey lost the Democratic primary for governor in 1920.