The New York Times has posted an interesting feature wherein you can read all of their presidential endorsements going back to Abraham Lincoln. They endorsed JFK over Nixon, and then since Civil Rights and realignment have been a solidly Democratic newspaper. But before that they were more idiosyncratic. I just read their 1940 endorsement of Wendell Willkie (following endorsements of FDR in ’32 and ’36 and also also of the lost cause Democrats of the 1920s) and except for a ludicrous outburst of balanced budget mania in Section III it’s pretty persuasive.
The Case for Willkie