1868 Republican National Convention

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1868 Republican National Convention
1868 Presidential Election
Ulysses Grant 1870-1880.jpg Representative Schuyler Colfax.jpg
Grant and Colfax
Date(s) May 20-May 21
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Crosby's Opera House
Presidential nominee Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois
Vice Presidential nominee Schuyler Colfax of Indiana
1864  ·  1872

The 1868 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 20 to May 21, 1868.

General Ulysses S. Grant had emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination after being the Union commander in the Civil War. He was nominated for President unopposed on the first ballot. To balance Grant, a former Democrat and a hard drinker, the convention chose House Speaker Schuyler Colfax, a former Whig and temperance man, for Vice President. In Grant's acceptance telegram he said "Let us have peace", which captured the imagination of the American people.

Presidential Candidates[edit]

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Declined to Seek Nomination[edit]

Candidates for the Vice-Presidential nomination[edit]

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