The most famous and founding member of the Progressive Party was Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt ran for president as a Progressive Party candidate in 1912.
1912 Progressive Party Platform
Declaration of Principles of the Progressive Party
|“||The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, has called into being a new party, born of the Nation's awakened sense of justice. We of the Progressive Party here dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of the duty laid upon us by our fathers to maintain that government of the people, by the people and for the people whose foundation they laid.
We hold with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln that the people are the masters of their Constitution, to fulfill its purposes and to safeguard it from those who, by perversion of its intent, would convert it into an instrument of injustice. In accordance with the needs of each generation the people must use their sovereign powers to establish and maintain equal opportunity and industrial justice, to secure which this Government was founded and without which no republic can endure.
This country belongs to the people who inhabit it. Its resources, its business, its institutions and its laws should be utilized, maintained or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest.
It is time to set the public welfare in the first place.
- New York Daily News, "Justice Story: Teddy Roosevelt survives assassin when bullet hits folded speech in his pocket," March 12, 2013
- USA Today, "Roosevelt is a 'bull moose' in biography's third volume," December 13, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.