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Margaret Chase Smith for President

Clifford McIntire, San Francisco, 1964

Clifford McIntire, San Francisco, 1964

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Margaret Chase Smith Library

Democrat Lyndon Johnson soundly defeated Barry Goldwater in November.

Margaret Chase Smith claimed she wanted to be president for the same reasons men did, and that she wanted to help break the barrier against women being seriously considered for the presidency.

She believed she had broken new ground. Yet her reluctance to participate in standard politics helped doom her candidacy.