William F. McCombs
|William Frank McCombs|
McCombs in 1916
|Chairman of the Democratic National Committee|
|Preceded by||Norman E. Mack|
|Succeeded by||Vance C. McCormick|
December 26, 1876|
|Died||February 22, 1921
Harvard Law School
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.
McCombs helped Woodrow Wilson become the 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 poor health, McCombs died in Greenwich, Connecticut on February 22, 1921, leaving behind an incomplete memoir, which was published as Making Woodrow Wilson President. He was buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Maurice F. Lyons Collection on William McCombs at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University