This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

The rise, and fall of the Republican Party in Arizona

During the Civil War, the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln. In 1901, it was the party of Theodore Roosevelt. The Republicans stood for the preservation of the Union, and strong Federal Government. The western United States benefitted in the early 20th Century because of the Bureau of Land Reclamation, and Phoenix especially benefitted with the building of Roosevelt Dam in 1911.

But within a few decades, Arizona's confidence in the Republican Party had diminished so much that the name of its most prominent newspaper, the Arizona Republican, removed the *n* from its name on November 11th, 1930.

Isabella Greenway
After the stock market crash of 1929, Arizona needed a strong Federal Government. The Republican Party, which had once had strong leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, was showing itself helpless to restore the American economy. America, and Arizona, needed a strong Federal government again, and a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, brought it back. The advantage that Arizona had with Theodore Roosevelt was with Dwight and Maie Heard of Phoenix. The advantage that Arizona had with Franklin Roosevelt was with Isabella Greenway, a personal friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin Roosevelt.

By the way, my personal connection to all of this is my mom, who graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota. That high school was named after John Greenway. The one in Phoenix, and the street, was named after Isabella Greenway, the first U.S. Congresswoman in Arizona, a Democrat.
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