1904 Republican National Convention

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1904 Republican National Convention
1904 Presidential Election
President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904.jpg 26 Charles Fairbanks 3x4.jpg
Nominees
Roosevelt and Fairbanks
Convention
Date(s) June 21 - June 23
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Chicago Coliseum
Chair Joseph G. Cannon
Candidates
Presidential nominee Theodore Roosevelt of New York
Vice Presidential nominee Charles Fairbanks of Indiana
Other candidates Mark Hanna
Voting
Total delegates 994
Votes needed for nomination 498
Results (President) Roosevelt (NY): 994 (100%)
Ballots 1
1900  ·  1908
Elihu Root's opening speech, Republican National Convention, June 21, 1904

The 1904 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on June 21 to June 23, 1904.

The popular President Theodore Roosevelt had easily ensured himself of the nomination, though a threat had come from the Old Guard favourite Ohio Senator Mark Hanna, the loyal kingmaker in Republican politics. But the senator had died early in 1904 therefore ending all opposition in the Republican Party.

There were also very informal talks with future president William Howard Taft about trying for the nomination, but Taft refused these motions as evidenced by a letter to Henry Hoyt, the Solicitor General, in 1903.

Roosevelt was nominated by 994 votes to none. The other threat to Roosevelt, Indiana Senator Charles Warren Fairbanks was nominated for Vice President.

Platform[edit]

The 1904 Republican platform favored the protective tariff, increased foreign trade, the gold standard, expansion of the Merchant Marine and strengthening of the United States Navy; it also praised Roosevelt's foreign and domestic policies.

Other candidates for the Presidential nomination[edit]

  • Mark Hanna (Ohio)
  • Charles W. Fairbanks (Indiana)

Speakers[edit]

There were significantly fewer speakers at the 1904 convention then there is at a typical convention today. This is because the convention at the time was much lower in viewership (as there were not the mass media devices of TV or radio at this time only those actually invited saw it). Also, this was before the primary era so the delegates were expected to nominate the candidate at the actual convention as well as more typical tasks such as electing the chairman and handling other business which varies in importance at the Republican Convention today. Nonetheless, there were speeches by the following individuals at the 1904 Republican National Convention:

Tuesday, June 21[edit]

Wednesday, June 22[edit]

  • Opening prayer by Rev. Thomas E. Cox
  • Joseph Gurney Cannon, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Convention Chairman.

Thursday, June 23[edit]

Roosevelt and his running mate Charles Fairbanks, were unanimously nominated but unlike candidates today they did not give convention speeches instead having individuals give nominating speeches for them. Roosevelt's nomination speech was made by former New York Governor Frank S. Black and it was seconded by Indiana Senator Albert Beveridge. Fairbanks's nomination speech was made by Iowa Senator Jonathan P. Dolliver and seconded by New York Senator Chauncey Depew.

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Preceded by
1900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
1908
Chicago, Illinois