- 1892 Republican National Convention
The 1892 National Convention of the Republican Party of the
United Stateswas held at the Industrial Exposition Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 7to June 10, 1892. The party nominated Benjamin Harrisonfrom Indianafor re-election as President of the United Stateson the first ballot and Whitelaw Reidof New Yorkfor Vice President. [ [http://www.twincities.com/ci_10166122?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com] ] James S. Clarksonof Iowawas the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee. J. Sloat Fassettof New Yorkwas Temporary Chairman and Governor William McKinleyJr. of Ohiothe Permanent Chair of the convention.
Harrison’s Secretary of State
James G. Blaine, who had resigned from the cabinet on June 4, 1892, on the eve of the convention, had his name submitted for consideration by the delegates, but drew little support. Future president William McKinleytied Blaine for second place among the delegates. Interestingly, if Blaine had gotten the nomination and won the general election, his vice-presidential running mate would have been sworn in as president, since Blaine died two and a half months after the election, on January 27, 1893.
Although successful in his bid for renomination, President Harrison's performance was underwhelming for an incumbent due in part to the crushing defeat that the party's Congressional candidates had met in the
1890off year elections. He lost the fall 1892 election to former president Grover Cleveland.
Benjamin Harrison535.17 votes (59.2%)
James G. Blaine182.17 votes (20.1%)
William McKinley182 votes (20.1%)
Thomas Brackett Reed4 votes (0.4%)
Robert Lincoln1 vote (0.1%)
Whitelaw Reid906 votes (100%)
United States presidential election, 1892
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