- 1900 Democratic National Convention
The 1900 Democratic National Convention was a United States presidential nominating convention that took place the week of
July 4, 1900at Convention Hallin Kansas City, Missouri.
The convention nominated
William Jennings Bryanfor President and Adlai E. Stevenson for Vice President. The ticket was to lose the United States presidential election, 1900to a the Republican ticket of William McKinleyand Theodore Roosevelt.
Bryan had little opposition after
Spanish-American Warhero Admiral George Deweydropped out in May after being quoted in newspapers that he thought the President job would be easy because the president merely followed the orders of Congress to enforce laws.
The strongest opposition at the convention came from
Richard Crokerof New York's Tammany Hallwho opposed Bryan.
The convention also marked the first time that a member of royalty attended a Presidential convention as a delegate.
David Kawananakoa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, represented the newest United States territory. Prince David was to break a tie about inserting a free silverplank into the convention platform.
The Democrats included planks in the platform denouncing Republican
imperialismand expansion as was demonstrated in the Spanish-American War.
Kansas City got the convention on the strength of its new Convention Hall, which opened on February 22, 1899. The hall was destroyed in a fire on April 4, 1900, but was rebuilt in 90 days in time for the convention.
Harry S. Trumanserved as a page at the convention.
* " [http://books.google.com/books?id=5WkPAAAAYAAJ Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1900] "
* [http://www.windingriver.com/Reprints/rfp032304c/rfp032304c.htm Wind River history of convention]
* [http://www.harpweek.com/09Cartoon/RelatedCartoon.asp?Month=July&Date=4 Harpers Weekly Cartoon and History of Convention]
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