Grand Forks Daily Herald, November 28, 1909. I think we’ve tracked down President Taft’s missing mince mega-pie.
Judge William J. Gaynor came up in politics through the Tammany machine and was elected mayor of New York in 1910. Tammany connection notwithstanding, Wikipedia gives him pretty high marks as an honest pol and civil service reformer. For his pains, he was shot in the throat by a disgruntled and syphilitic former government worker. A photographer happened to be taking Gaynor’s picture just as the bullet him home. Check it out:
Gaynor walked around for three years with a bullet lodged in his throat before dying of complications. Seems he seen as “a strong candidate for Governor or President” at the time of his passing. Sucks for him then.
The papers just never let up on Taft about the fat boy thing. Guy wouldn’t have a prayer of getting elected today. Rudolph Block was the editor of Hearst’s New York Journal. He’s “Katzenjammer” because he commissioned cartoonist Rudolph Dirks to create The Katzenjammer Kids for the Journal. And the Katzenjammer Kids were pretty into mince pie:
That brings us full circle, and concludes our history lesson for today.