Buttoned Up: William Jennings Bryan and John Worth Kern, Denver's original Democratic nominees

What Bryan lacked in hair, Kern more than made up.

Editor's note: To get you in the mood for ballot-casting, The Latest Word is kicking off each weekday between now and the November 4 election with Buttoned Up, a look at political buttons from my family's extensive collection...

This reproduction displays the first Democratic presidential aspirants to get their party's blessing in Denver: William Jennings Bryan and John Worth Kern, who ran in 1908. The pair wound up being crushed by William Howard Taft, who was more than hefty enough to manage the job; his weight was estimated at around 335 pounds. That's what it means to be large and in charge. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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