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Hiram W. Johnson's "Persuade the People Campaign," 1919: opposition to Wilson's League.
It has been more than half a century since the United States Senate rejected the League of Nations. The responsibility for the league's defeat is often placed in the hands of a few willful Senators.* Hiram Johnson ranks high among these men. As one of the major political figures during the early part of the twentieth century, Johnson served the public from 1910 until his death in 1945. The first Governor of California to be reelected for a second term (1910-1916), he was considered one of the most progressive politicians in the country.