Politics in 1912 in Gladstone shows a Woodrow Wilson supporter in that year's election enjoying a ride in a wheelbarrow down Gladstone's main street with a Teddy Roosevelt supporter doing the honors. In 1912, President William Howard Taft, a Republican, was seeking reelection. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, under whom Taft had served as vice president, had come out of retirement and was trying to unseat him. When he failed to get the Republican nomination, Roosevelt started his own party and ran on the "Bull Moose" ticket. Wilson, the Democratic candidate, was elected to the office of the President when the Republicans split their votes.