1839 Whig National Convention
|1840 Presidential Election|
Harrison and Tyler
|Date(s)||December 4-December 8, 1839|
|Presidential nominee||William H. Harrison of Ohio|
|Vice Presidential nominee||John Tyler of Virginia|
The 1839 Whig National Convention was a presidential nominating convention held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in December 1839. This was the first national convention of the Whig Party of the United States.
Three years after Democrat Martin Van Buren was elected President in the election of 1836 over three Whig candidates, the Whigs met in national convention determined to unite behind a single candidate. The convention was chaired by Isaac C. Bates of Massachusetts and James Barbour of Virginia presided over the convention. The party nominated the popular former general William Henry Harrison for President, the most successful of the three Whig presidential candidates from the previous election. Harrison, though a slave-owner and aristocrat, was perceived as being simple and a commoner and also a member of US-British war in 1812-1814. The convention nominated John Tyler for Vice President. The two would go on to win the 1840 presidential election.
The Whig Ticket
President: William Henry Harrison (Ohio) - former general and presidential candidate
Vice-President: John Tyler (Virginia) - former Senator
- "About US President William Henry Harrison". What is USA News. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2012-09-16.