1944 Republican National Convention

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The 1944 Republican National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, from June 26 to 28, 1944. It nominated Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York for President and Governor John Bricker of Ohio for Vice President.

When the convention opened, Governor Dewey was the front-runner for the nomination. 1940 presidential nominee, Wendell Wilkie again vied for the nomination, but when he lost the Wisconsin primary, the lack of support from the Republican Party became evident. (By the convention, Willkie had died of a heart attack.) Dewey was nominated on the first ballot. He became the second Republican candidate to accept his party's nomination in-person at the convention. Franklin Roosevelt had been the first of either party to do so in 1932. In 1940, Wendell Willkie appeared in person at the Republican convention in Philadelphia. "WILLKIE BREAKS PARTY TRADITION BY PERSONAL APPEARANCE LIKE ROOSEVELT'S IN '32," The New York Times' headline told readers the day after his appearance in Philadelphia. "CROWD GOES WILD GREETING NOMINEE," The New York Times' headlines told readers in June 1940 after Willkie's appearance.

During the convention, Chicago's Billy Goat Tavern gained notoriety for posting a notice saying "No Republicans Allowed". This caused Republican conventioneers to pack the place, demanding to be served, and led to increased publicity for the tavern.[1]

The 1944 Republican platform included a call for a Constitutional amendment establishing equal rights for women. This line was included in all subsequent platforms until 1980,[2] when the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment was occurring.


  1. ^ Our History: Birth of a legend
  2. ^ Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 245. ISBN 0-465-04195-7. 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania