William F. McCombs

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William Frank McCombs (1876-1921) was a lawyer who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1912 through 1916.

McCombs was born on December 26, 1876 in Hamburg, Arkansas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1898 and obtained an LL.B. from Harvard University in 1901. He was associated with the law firm of McCombs & Ryan in New York City.

McCombs helped Woodrow Wilson become Governor of New Jersey and then managed Wilson's successful campaign for the 1912 Democratic presidential nomination. Once nominated, Wilson made him chairman of the DNC and essentially his "campaign manager." Later, McCombs came to oppose Wilson's style and use of power.

In November 1916, he ran for U.S. Senator from New York but was defeated by Republican William M. Calder.

In poor health, McCombs died on February 22, 1921, leaving behind an incomplete memoir, which was published as Making Woodrow Wilson President.

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