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Upset in '48
 

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Virtually every political expert in 1948 predicted that Thomas E. Dewey and Earl Warren, the Republican presidential and vice presidential nominees, would defeat incumbent president Harry S. Truman.  Magazines, such as the special Kiplinger issue shown here, pre-printed articles discussing what Dewey would accomplish as president.  Newspapers across the country ran headlines even on Election Day trumpeting Dewey's anticipated win. 

As election results started to pour in, it became apparent that Truman's supporters were more numerous than expected.  The country waited tensely for the results of tally sheets like these to reveal the name of the nation's president.  After hours of waiting, Truman emerged as the victor.  His win stunned political experts throughout the U.S., and resulted in one of America's most famous images:  Truman smiling in success holding an issue of the Chicago Tribune prematurely declaring Dewey triumphant.


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Newspaper clipping, "Landslide predicted for Dewey-Warren."  November 2, 1948, <em>News</em>, New York, New York

Newspaper clipping, "Landslide predicted for Dewey-Warren."  November 2, 1948, News, New York, New York

Clippings scrapbooks, "Editorial and Political Comments, Nov-Dec 1948," Earl Warren Papers, California State Archives.

Kiplinger Magazine, "What Will Dewey Do?"

Kiplinger Magazine, "What Will Dewey Do?"

General Ephemera Collection, California State Archives


Letter accompanying Kiplinger Magazine, from magazine to subscribers

Letter accompanying Kiplinger Magazine, from magazine to subscribers

General Ephemera Collection, California State Archives


Tally sheets, 1948 presidential election, showing number of electoral votes for each candidate as election returns came in from each state over the course of a three-hour period.

Tally sheets, 1948 presidential election, showing number of electoral votes for each candidate as election returns came in from each state over the course of a three-hour period.

Tally sheets, 1948 presidential election, showing number of electoral votes for each candidate as election returns came in from each state over the course of a three-hour period.

Tally sheets, 1948 presidential election, showing number of electoral votes for each candidate as election returns came in from each state over the course of a three-hour period (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Earl Warren Papers, California State Archives


Newspaper clipping, photograph of Earl Warren and family in San Francisco, listening to election returns come in over the radio, November 3, 1948, unidentified newspaper.

Newspaper clipping, photograph of Earl Warren and family in San Francisco, listening to election returns come in over the radio, November 3, 1948, unidentified newspaper

Clippings scrapbooks, "Editorial and Political Comments, Nov-Dec 1948," Earl Warren Papers, California State Archives


Newspaper clipping, "California Votes Still in Balance," November 3, 1948, unidentified newspaper.

Newspaper clipping, "California Votes Still in Balance," November 3, 1948, unidentified newspaper

Clippings scrapbooks, "Editorial and Political Comments, Nov-Dec 1948," Earl Warren Papers, California State Archives


Newspaper clipping, "Truman Emerges as Surprise Victor with Total of 304 Electoral Votes," November 4, 1948, Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Newspaper clipping, "Truman Emerges as Surprise Victor with Total of 304 Electoral Votes," November 4, 1948, Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Clippings scrapbooks, "Editorial and Political Comments, Nov-Dec 1948," Earl Warren Papers, California State Archive.


Newspaper clipping, "Experts Say 'No' Voters Say "Yes'," November 5, 1948, Tracy, California Press.

Newspaper clipping, "Experts Say 'No' Voters Say "Yes'," November 5, 1948, Tracy, California Press

Clippings scrapbooks, "Editorial and Political Comments, Nov-Dec 1948," Earl Warren Papers, California State Archives



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