1948 Democratic National Convention

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1948 Democratic National Convention
1948 Presidential Election
34 Harry Truman 3x4.jpg 35 Alben Barkley 3x4.jpg
Truman and Barkley
Date(s) July 12 - July 14
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue Convention Hall
Presidential nominee Harry Truman of Missouri
Vice Presidential nominee Alben Barkley of Kentucky
1944  ·  1952

The 1948 Democratic National Convention was held at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 12 to July 14, 1948, and resulted in the nominations of President Harry S Truman for a full term and Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky for Vice President in the 1948 presidential election. The convention was televised on the East Coast by CBS and NBC.

Hubert Humphrey's Address[edit]

When Minneapolis mayor Hubert Humphrey addressed the convention, he urged the Democratic Party to "get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights," prompting a walkout by Southern delegates who later nominated Strom Thurmond as the presidential nominee of the States' Rights Party (Dixiecrats). The thirteen members of the Alabama delegation were led out by Leven H. Ellis.[1] This was a launching point for Humphrey; he was elected to the United States Senate later that year and to the Vice Presidency in 1964.

The balloting[edit]

In the absence of three dozen Southern delegates who walked out of the convention with Thurmond, 947 Democrats voted to nominate Truman as their candidate (against 263 for Senator Richard Russell, Jr. of Georgia).

Presidential Balloting, DNC 1948
Contender Vote
President Harry S. Truman 947.5 (74.81%)
Senator Richard Russell, Jr. 266 (21.00%)
James A. Roe 15 (1.18%)
Paul V. McNutt 2 (0.16%)
Alben W. Barkley 1 (0.07%)
Not Voting 35 (2.76%)


Vice President[edit]

U.S. Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky was nominated by acclamation without a roll call vote.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Pietrusza, David (2011). 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America. New York, New York: Union Square Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4027-6748-7. 

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