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A handshake can make all the difference [Letter]
A handshake can make all the difference [Letter]

After reading Richard Cross' informative article, "Extending a handshake" (March 12), I remembered "the forgotten handshake" of 1916 described by historian Thomas A. Bailey ("The American Pageant"). According to Professor Bailey, Republican presidential candidate and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes narrowly lost to incumbent Woodrow Wilson in the presidential campaign of 1916, due in part, to an unintended snub. During the campaign in California, Hughes' managers failed to arrange a meeting between their candidate and California Gov. Hiram W. Johnson while both were in the same hotel. Perhaps, this unintended slight reduced the ardor of...

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