1928 Republican National Convention
|1928 Presidential Election|
Hoover and Curtis
|Date(s)||June 12 – June 15|
|City||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Presidential nominee||Herbert Clark Hoover (CA)|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Charles Curtis (KS)|
Because President Coolidge had announced unexpectedly he would not run for re-election in 1928, Commerce Secretary Herbert Clark Hoover became the natural front-runner for the Republican nomination. Former Illinois Governor Frank Lowden and Kansas Senator Charles Curtis were candidates for the nomination but stood no chance against the popular and accomplished Hoover. Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson considered himself a candidate, but without the support of Ruth Hanna McCormick, his candidacy was unsuccessful.
Hoover was nominated on the first ballot with 837 votes to 72 for Lowden and 64 for Curtis and the rest scattered. John L. McNab delivered Hoover's nomination address. In his acceptance speech he said that "We in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty ever before in the history of any land"; this and other optimistic remarks about the country's future were held against him in the 1932 election, which he lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The platform praised the Coolidge administration for the prosperity of the mid-1920s, and also promised reduction of the national debt, tax reduction, retention of the protective tariff, opposition of cancellation of foreign debts, settlement of claims from World War I from foreign governments, continuation of the Coolidge foreign policy, support of arbitration treaties, civil service protection, a tariff for agricultural protection and continued farm exports, aid to the coal-mining industry, continued appropriations for highway construction, the right to collective bargaining, regulation of railroads, a continued independent American merchant marine, government supervision of radio facilities, construction of waterways to help transportation of bulk goods, support for war veterans, federal regulation of public utilities, conservation, vigorous law enforcement, honest government, continued reclamation of arid lands in the West, improvement of air-mail service, restricted immigration and naturalization of foreign immigrants in America, continued enforcement of the Washington Naval Treaty, continued status of territory status for Alaska and Hawaii and called for more women in public service, right of the President to draft defense material resources and services, creation of an Indian Commission, an Anti-Lynching Law and promised continued Home-Rule for the American Citizen.
Candidates for the nomination before and during the convention
- William E. Borah, U.S. senator from Idaho
- Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States from Massachusetts
- Charles Curtis, Senate Majority Leader from Kansas
- Charles G. Dawes, Vice President from Kansas
- Alvan T. Fuller, Governor of Massachusetts
- Guy D. Goff, U.S. senator from West Virginia
- Herbert C. Hoover, Commerce Secretary from California
- Charles Evans Hughes, former Secretary of State from New York
- Frank O. Lowden, former Governor of Illinois
- George W. Norris, U.S. senator from Nebraska
- Olin J. Ross, candidate from Ohio
- Frederick Steiwer, U.S. senator from Oregon
- James E. Watson, U.S. senator from Indiana
- Frank B. Willis, U.S. senator from Ohio
Candidates for the Vice Presidential nomination
- Charles Curtis, Majority Leader of Kansas
- Charles G. Dawes, Vice President from Illinois
- Hanford MacNider, United States Assistant Secretary of War of Iowa
- Chase Osborn, 1914 gubernatorial candidate from Michigan
|Presidential Ballot||Vice Presidential Ballot|
|Herbert Hoover||837||Charles Curtis||1,052|
|Frank O. Lowden||74||Herman L. Ekern||19|
|Charles Curtis||64||Charles G. Dawes||13|
|James E. Watson||45||Hanford MacNider||2|
|George W. Norris||24|
|Guy D. Goff||18|
|Charles G. Dawes||4|
|Charles E. Hughes||1|
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