“The Busy Bee”


When former President Theodore Roosevelt––the clear favorite for the 1920 Republican Presidential nomination––died suddenly in January 1919, the race became wide open. With such a multitude of potential candidates having the proverbial “bee in their bonnets,” the G.O.P. Presidential bee could not keep up. The bee was a common character in Clifford Berryman’s cartoons representing political aspirations as the “buzz” in the potential candidate’s ear.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate