1876 Democratic National Convention

1876 Democratic National Convention

The 1876 Democratic National Convention was a presidential nominating convention held at the Merchants Exchange Building in St. Louis, Missouri on June 27-31, 1876.

It was the first Democratic or Republican national convention west of the Mississippi River. St. Louis was notified in February 1876 that it had been selected. Among the events was a fireworks display from the top of the Old Courthouse.

The convention was called to order by Democratic National Committee chairman Augustus Schell. Henry Watterson served as the temporary convention chairman and General John A. McClernand served as permanent convention president.

Samuel J. Tilden was nominated for President on the second ballot. The tally on the first ballot was Tilden 417, Thomas A. Hendricks 140, Winfield Scott Hancock 75, William Allen (governor) 56, Joel Parker 18. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=6H3K-JGdeyAC&pg=PA214&dq=1876+democratic+national+convention#PPA217,M1 A Handbook of Politics for 1876 by Edward McPherson - 1876] ]

Hendricks was then nominated by acclaimation for Vice President.

ee also

*United States presidential election, 1876
*1876 Republican National Convention



* " [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC25857468 Official proceedings of the National Democratic convention, held in St. Louis, Mo., June 27th, 28th and 29th, 1876] "

External links

* [http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=29581 Party Platform] sequence
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