1840 Democratic National Convention

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1840 Democratic National Convention
1840 Presidential Election
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Nominee
Van Buren
Convention
Date(s) May 5–May 6, 1840
City Baltimore, Maryland
Venue The Assembly Rooms
Candidates
Presidential nominee Martin Van Buren (NY)
Vice Presidential nominee None
1835  ·  1844

The 1840 Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore. The Democrats nominated President Martin Van Buren for reelection in 1840 in spite of his unpopularity. Vice President Richard M. Johnson had so many enemies that he failed to gain renomination. The Democrats could not agree on any vice presidential nominee. As a result, Van Buren became the only presidential nominee in American history to seek election without a running mate.[citation needed] James K. Polk was an unsuccessful candidate for the vice presidential nomination; he received one electoral vote for vice president (from Virginia) in the general election.[1] Johnson managed to receive 48 electoral votes in the same manner.[1]

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Preceded by
1835
Baltimore
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
1844
Baltimore