1900 Democratic National Convention

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1900 Democratic National Convention
1900 Presidential Election
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Nominees
Bryan and Stevenson
Convention
Date(s) July 4–6, 1900
City Kansas City, Missouri
Venue Convention Hall
Candidates
Presidential nominee William J. Bryan of Nebraska
Vice Presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois
1896  ·  1904

The 1900 Democratic National Convention was a United States presidential nominating convention that took place the week of July 4, 1900 at Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.

The convention nominated William Jennings Bryan for President and former Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for his former office. The ticket was to lose the general election to the Republican ticket of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Convention[edit]

Presidential Candidate[edit]

Declined[edit]

Convention Hall

Bryan had little opposition for the nomination after Spanish-American War hero Admiral George Dewey dropped out in May after being quoted in newspapers that he thought the President's job would be easy, because the president merely followed the orders of Congress to enforce laws.[1]

Bryan's strongest opposition at the convention came from Richard Croker of New York's Tammany Hall.

The 1900 Democratic National Convention was the first time a woman served as a delegate to a major party convention. Elizabeth M. Cohen of Salt Lake City, Utah, became a delegate when one of the Utah delegates could not serve, and she seconded the nomination of William Jennings Bryan.[2][3][4]

The convention marked the first time that a member of royalty attended a U.S. national nominating convention as a delegate. David Kawananakoa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, represented the newest United States territory. Prince David was to break a tie about inserting a free silver plank into the convention platform. The Democrats included planks in the platform denouncing Republican imperialism and expansion, as had been demonstrated in the Spanish-American War.

Kansas City had the convention thanks to its new Convention Hall, which opened on February 22, 1899. The hall was destroyed in a fire on April 4, 1900, but was rebuilt in 90 days in time for the convention. Harry S. Truman served as a page at the convention.

Vice Presidential Candidates[edit]

Declined[edit]
Vice Presidential Ballot
1st Before Shifts 1st After Shifts
Adlai E. Stevenson 561.5 936
David B. Hill 207 0
Charles A. Towne 89.5 0
Abraham W. Patrick 46 0
Julian S. Carr 23 0
John W. Smith 16 0
Others 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://old.nationalreview.com/convention/diary/diaryprint.html
  2. ^ Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
  3. ^ Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention (1900). McLellan Printing Co. pp. 91, 148, 267. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Jo (2000). A Room at a Time: How Women Entered Party Politics. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 65. ISBN 0-8476-9804-1. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 

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Preceded by
1896
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
1904