William E. Borah
|Former U.S. Senator from Idaho|
From: March 4, 1907 – January 19, 1940
|Successor||John W. Thomas|
William Edgar Borah (June 29, 1865 – January 19, 1940) was a progressive Republican from Idaho who served as the state's U.S. senator from 1907 until his death in office at 1940. He is mostly known for his staunch isolationist viewpoints and his breaks with many conservatives within the GOP.
A staunch opponent of the Wilsonian internationalist agenda, Borah was crucial in blocking the U.S. from participating in the World Court and the League of Nations. Despite this position, he broke with conservatives on almost all other issues and refused to endorse several Republican presidential candidates. He was later an early supporter of the New Deal during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Although a Republican, Borah opposed anti-lynching legislation on the false excuse that it was supposedly unconstitutional and helped kill the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill of 1922 along with racist Southern Democrats from passing the Senate. This is sometimes deceptively cited by liberal outlets to attack conservatives and the GOP as a whole, despite Borah being of the insurgent progressive left and not the conservative "Old Guard."
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