1884 Democratic National Convention

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1884 Democratic National Convention
1884 Presidential Election
StephenGroverCleveland.png Thomas Andrews Hendricks.jpg
Cleveland and Hendricks
Date(s) July 8-July 11, 1884
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Exposition Building
Presidential nominee Grover Cleveland of New York
Vice Presidential nominee Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana
1880  ·  1888

In 1884, the Democrats gathered in Chicago for their National Convention. The leading candidate for the presidential nomination was New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Cleveland's reputation for good government made him a national figure. The Republican Party nominated James G. Blaine for president in 1884, although he had been implicated in a financial scandal. Many influential Republicans were outraged, thought the time had come for a national reform administration and withdrew from the convention. These Republicans are called mugwumps, and declared that they would vote for the Democratic candidate based on his integrity. The Democrats made Cleveland their presidential nominee with the former Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana as the vice presidential nominee.[1]

Democratic candidates:

A crazy quilt in support of the Democratic ticket from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, featuring the Democratic Rooster (precursor of the Donkey) at center and photos of Cleveland and Hendricks below.
Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st 2nd Before Shifts 2nd After Shifts
Grover Cleveland 392 401 475
Thomas F. Bayard 170 151.5 81.5
Allen G. Thurman 88 60 4
Samuel J. Randall 78 5 4
Joseph E. McDonald 56 2 2
John G. Carlisle 27 0 0
Russell P. Flower 4 0 0
George Hoadly 3 0 0
Thomas A. Hendricks 1 123.5 45.5
Samuel J. Tilden 1 2 0
Abstaining 0 1 0

Source: US President - D Convention. Our Campaigns. (August 26, 2009).

Vice Presidential Ballot
Thomas A. Hendricks 816
Abstaining 4

Source: US Vice President - D Convention. Our Campaigns. (August 26, 2009).

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