1839 Whig National Convention

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1839 Whig National Convention
1840 Presidential Election
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Harrison and Tyler
Date(s) December 4-December 8, 1839
City Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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. The convention was held in December 1839, and 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 retired general William Henry Harrison of Ohio 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.[1] The convention nominated John Tyler of Virginia for Vice President. The two would go on to win the 1840 presidential election, defeating the Democratic incumbents, President Martin Van Buren and Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

The Whig ticket[edit]

  • President: William Henry Harrison (Ohio) - retired general, former congressman, former Indiana territory governor and 1836 presidential candidate
  • Vice-President: John Tyler (Virginia) - former Senator, former congressman, former governor and 1836 vice presidential candidate.


  1. ^ "About US President William Henry Harrison". What is USA News. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 

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