Digital History at Ursinus

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FDR and the Democratic Party were assailed by Republican speakers at a political rally in the gymnasium at the height of the presidential election of 1932.

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The Weekly provided a presidential straw ballot for the students to mark and sign and then submit for counting. The results of this ballot were later revealed.

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The majority of Ursinus students, 268, voted for the Republican ticket (Hoover), while a strong minority, 154 in all, voted for the Socialist and Democratic tickets. This election marked a major shift in the political identity of the student body of…
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