1908 Democratic National Convention

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1908 Democratic National Convention
1908 Presidential Election
WilliamJBryan1902.png JohnWKern.jpg
Nominees
Bryan and Kern
Convention
Date(s) July 7 - July 10, 1908
City Denver, Colorado
Venue Denver Auditorium Arena
Candidates
Presidential nominee William J. Bryan (NE)
Vice Presidential nominee John W. Kern (IN)
1904  ·  1912

The 1908 Democratic National Convention was the quadrennial Democratic National Convention, the presidential nominating convention of the Democratic Party. It took place from July 7 to July 10, 1908 at Denver Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The event is widely considered a significant part of Denver's political and social history.

The Convention[edit]

The 1908 convention was the first convention of a major political party in a Western state. The city would not host another nominating convention until a century later, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The convention was the second Democratic National Convention to include female delegates.[1][2] The female delegates were Mary C.C. Bradford (Colorado) and Elizabeth Pugsley Hayward (Mrs. Henry J. Hayward) (Utah). Alternate delegates were Mrs. Charles Cook (Colorado), Harriet G. Hood (Wyoming), and Sara L. Ventress (Utah).[3]

Presidential Candidates[edit]

Declined to Seek Nomination[edit]

The delegates to the convention nominated William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska for President over George Gray of Delaware and John A. Johnson of Minnesota.

Presidential Ballot
1st Unanimous
William J. Bryan 888.5 1002
George Gray 59.5
John A. Johnson 46
Blank 8

Vice Presidential Candidates[edit]

John W. Kern of Indiana was unanimously declared the candidate for vice-president without a formal ballot after the names of Charles A. Towne, Archibald McNeil, and Clark Howell were withdrawn from consideration.

Vice Presidential Ballot
Unanimous
John W. Kern 1002

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