United States presidential election, 1944
United States
1940 ←
November 7, 1944
→ 1948

  PresidentSteele.jpg Thomas e dewey2.jpg
Nominee Joe Steele Thomas Dewey
Party Democratic Republican
Home state California New York
Running mate John Nance Garner Unknown

President before election

Joe Steele

Elected President

Joe Steele

The United States presidential election of 1944 was the 40th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 7, 1944. President Joe Steele ran for an unprecedented fourth term, defeating New York Governor Thomas Dewey.

The Candidates[]

Joe Steele, his absolute power certain, made a bid for a fourth term with John Nance Garner becoming his running mate again.

Dewey had made his bones as a prosecutor in New York before becoming the governor.[1] He'd sought the Republican nomination in 1940, but lost out to Wendell Willkie.[2]

The Campaign[]

Dewey's campaign rested primarily on his assurances that he'd do a better job of prosecuting World War II and reducing the labor camps Steele had created during his second term. As the Allies had achieved several victories throughout the early part of 1944, and as the American people at home were used to the labor camps at this point, Steele easily neutralized Dewey's efforts.

At home, Steele maintained his strong hold over the country. While his bid for a fourth term was unprecedented, it was not against the letter of United States Constitution or any law.[3]

The Election[]

With the end of the war in sight, a strong economy, and broad indifference to the labor camps, Dewey had very little go campaign on.[4]. Moreover, Steele's apparatus was difficult to contend with. In the end, Steele trounced Dewey.[5] In his concession speech, Dewey wished Steele well, because wishing the President well meant wishing the country well, and Dewey loved the U.S. as he knew Steele did.[6]

Literary Comment[]

The above pertains to Joe Steele the novel. In the story, Steele runs unopposed for his final three elections beginning in 1944.

OTL Campaign[]

Like Steele, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt sought an unprecedented fourth term. He was joined by Harry Truman as Vice Presidential candidate. As in Joe Steele, Thomas Dewey emerged as the Republican Party's nominee from a crowded field.

Despite Roosevelt's popularity, which was continually being buoyed by news of major World War II battlefield victories such as Leyte Gulf, Dewey came closest of any of Roosevelt's four opponents to defeating him. However, Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 and Truman ended up serving most of Roosevelt's term. Roosevelt did not live to see the end of the war.

See Also[]


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 295-296.
  2. Ibid., pg. 225.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 296-297.
  4. Ibid., pg. 295-296.
  5. Ibid., pgs. 296-298.
  6. Ibid., pg. 298.