REPUBLICANS: Back to Beginning

In 1919, after making plows for 23 years for Deere & Co., George Nelson Peek became president of Moline Plow Co. at $100,000 a year, made General Hugh Johnson his chief counsel. As a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, he naturally became deeply interested in farm problems. As a politician, he began agitating for an export subsidy for the U. S. farmer. When Republicans did not solve the farm problem according to his lights, George Peek became a Democrat. As a Democrat he became head of the AAA. As head of the AAA he...

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