By 1912, political resentment caused by thick
disagreements over the Arizona Constitution had
been festering for years. “Evidently,” one newspaper
of the day observed, commenting on the nursling
state’s degenerate political landscape, “there are some
people in Arizona who are not prepared to tolerate
a difference of opinion on any question.” 1 Shortly
after Arizona’s entry to the Union as a state,
all-out partisan combat erupted.
In the end, only a scapegoat would atone for
the original sin of the Arizona Republicans, the
minority party that openly opposed the progressive
elements of the state constitution. Destiny, whose
motives are impenetrable, selected an eminent
Arizona jurist, the Republican Richard Sloan, to
be the sacrificial lamb of the partisan slaughter.
Harris & Ewing, Inc. – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Harris & Ewing Collection. CALL NUMBER: LC-H25- 6497-HB [P&P] DIGITAL ID:hec 15168
BY ANTHONY TSONTAKIS
President William Howard Taft
signing Arizona Statehood Bill —
Feb. 14, 1912, with Ralph
Henry Cameron attending, the
Arizona Territorial Delegate.