1892 Republican National Convention

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1892 Republican National Convention
1892 Presidential Election
Pach Brothers - Benjamin Harrison.jpg Whitelaw Reid - Brady-Handy.jpg
Nominees
Harrison and Reid
Convention
Date(s) June 7-June 10, 1892
City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venue Industrial Exposition Building
Chair William McKinley
Candidates
Presidential nominee Benjamin Harrison of Indiana
Vice Presidential nominee Whitelaw Reid of New York
Other candidates James G. Blaine
William McKinley
Voting
Total delegates 906
Votes needed for nomination 462
Results (President) Harrison (IN): 536 (59.16%)
Blaine (ME): 183 (20.2%)
McKinley (OH): 182 (20.09%)
Reed (ME): 4 (0.44%)
Lincoln (IL): 1 (0.11%)
Ballots 1
1888  ·  1896

The 1892 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held at the Industrial Exposition Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 7 to June 10, 1892. The party nominated President Benjamin Harrison for re-election, on the first ballot and Whitelaw Reid of New York for Vice President.[1]

James S. Clarkson of Iowa was the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee. J. Sloat Fassett of New York was Temporary Chairman and Governor William McKinley Jr. of Ohio the 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 McKinley tied Blaine for second place among the delegates. If Blaine had got 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 1890 off year elections. He lost the fall 1892 election to former president Grover Cleveland.

The 1892 RNC was also the first convention where women were allowed to be delegates. Mrs. Therese Alberta (Parkinson) Jenkins, delegate from Wyoming, cast the first vote by a woman for President. Wyoming had granted full suffrage for women at statehood in 1890.

Detailed results[edit]

President[edit]

  1. Benjamin Harrison 535.17 votes (59.2%)
  2. James G. Blaine 182.17 votes (20.1%)
  3. William McKinley 182 votes (20.1%)
  4. Thomas Brackett Reed 4 votes (0.4%)
  5. Robert Lincoln 1 vote (0.1%)

Vice President[edit]

  1. Whitelaw Reid 906 votes (100%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

Bibliography[edit]

See also[edit]


Preceded by
1888
Chicago, Illinois
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
1896
St. Louis, Missouri