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GREENDUCK CO. CHICAGO
Wendell Lewis Willkie was the Republican Party's candidate for United States President in 1940. Willkie was an attorney and a longtime Democrat activist, but changed his party registration to Republican in 1939. Unlike other potential Republican nominees to run against incumbent president Franklin D. Roosevelt, Willkie favored supporting Britain and other U.S. allies in World War II. His position would change throughout the general election, and Roosevelt was elected to a third term on November 5, 1940. After the election, Willkie made two international trips as Roosevelt's informal envoy. The two later discussed forming a liberal political party once the war was over, but Willkie died in 1944 before the idea could come to fruition.