1904 Democratic National Convention

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1904 Democratic National Convention
1904 Presidential Election
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Parker and Davis
City St. Louis, Missouri
Venue St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall
Presidential nominee Alton B. Parker of New York
Vice Presidential nominee Henry G. Davis of West Virginia
1900  ·  1908

The 1904 Democratic National Convention was a United States presidential nominating convention that took place during the 1904 World's Fair and the 1904 Summer Olympics in the Coliseum of the St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall in St. Louis, Missouri. The convention nominated Alton B. Parker of New York for President and Henry G. Davis of West Virginia for Vice President. The ticket lost the 1904 presidential election to the Republican Party ticket of Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks.


With President Theodore Roosevelt being wildly popular, the nominations for president and vice president were deemed worthless to all save notorious egoist[according to whom?] William Randolph Hearst, owner of a large chain of newspapers. However, the powers-that-be[who?] did not want to have him as their nominee, and with former President Grover Cleveland not wishing to run yet again, the party leadership decided on an otherwise non-notable judge from New York State, Alton Parker.

Presidential candidates[edit]

Presidential ballot
First before shifts First after shifts Unanimous
Alton B. Parker 658 679 1,000
William Randolph Hearst 200 181
Francis Cockrell 42 42
Richard Olney 38 38
Edward C. Wall 27 27
George Gray 12 12
John Sharp Williams 8 8
Robert E. Pattison 4 4
George B. McClellan, Jr. 3 3
Nelson A. Miles 3 3
Charles A. Towne 2 2
Arthur Pue Gorman 2 0
Bird S. Coler 1 1

Vice presidential spot[edit]

With the presidential slot being given to a nonentity with no hope of election,[according to whom?] the second spot was worth even less. Nonetheless, several minor politicians put their names forward, and former Senator Henry Davis, who was extremely rich and very old,[clarification needed] was given the honor in the hope he would donate some of his great wealth to the campaign. He did not.

Vice presidential candidates[edit]

Vice presidential ballot
First Unanimous
Henry G. Davis 644 1,000
James R. Williams 165
George Turner 100
William A. Harris 58
Blank 33

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