August 18, 1952 — U.S. Editorial
Showing how long Americans have questioned the “ancient” and confusing Electoral College system, this non-syndicated editorial ran in numerous newspapers between around Aug. 18 and Sept. 16, 1952.
At the time, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson were the nominees in the 1953 Presidential race. Gen. Eisenhower won both the popular and electoral vote decisively.
It would be another 47 years before the U.S. election was actually determined by the Electoral College (George W. Bush in 2000), and again in 2016, with the election of Donald J. Trump (who was against it before he was for it).
Newspapers who ran this editorial under their masthead included:
The Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas) — Aug. 18, 1952 (Why Electoral ‘College’?) (lead ed.)
The Daily Sun (San Bernardino, California) — Aug. 20, 1952 (The Electoral College)
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) — Aug. 22, 1952 (Why Do We Call It Electoral ‘College’?)
The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon) — Sept. 2, 1952 (WHY CALL IT ELECTORAL “COLLEGE?”)
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida) — Sept. 16, 1952 (Why Electoral “College”?)
In addition to title differences, most papers ran shorter versions, lopping off entire sentences. The last sentence, for example, was missing in most versions.
Election In Iran — August 12, 1953 editorial
Many Things Contribute To Mistrust of Truman — The Chester Times, July 17, 1951
No Time For Comedy — The Times Record, September 10, 1952
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”