Editor says, what if Woodrow Wilson had lost California in the 1916 Presidential Election? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Mr Hughes Goes to War thread.
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Editor says, in this article we explore a point of divergence proposed by articles on the bulletin boards 1 and 2. We also repurpose content from Wikipedia.
Mike Stone adds: just for clarification, I wrote this part on the assumption that the outgoing President Wilson has gone through with his plan to appoint Pres-Elect Hughes as Secretary of State, and then for himself and the Vice-President to resign. Thus Hughes has taken office in mid-November, avoiding the normal four-month "lame duck" period. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.