1912 Republican National Convention

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1912 Republican National Convention
1912 Presidential Election
William Howard Taft, Bain bw photo portrait, 1908.jpg James Sherman, Bain bw photo portrait facing left.jpg
Taft and Sherman
Date(s) June 18 – June 22, 1912
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Chicago Coliseum
Presidential nominee William Howard Taft (OH)
Vice Presidential nominee James S. Sherman (NY)
1908  ·  1916
The 1912 Republican National Convention in session

The 1912 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held at the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, from June 18 to June 22, 1912. The party nominated President William Howard Taft and Vice President James S. Sherman for re-election.

Sherman died days before the election, and was replaced as Republican vice-presidential nominee by Nicholas M. Butler of New York.

Party power struggle[edit]

This convention marked the beginning of a split in the party, resulting from a power struggle between incumbent Taft and former president Theodore Roosevelt. This was the first year for Republican primaries. Roosevelt overwhelmingly won the primaries — winning 9 out of 12 states (8 by landslide margins). Taft won only the state of Massachusetts (by a small margin); he even lost his home state of Ohio to Roosevelt. Senator Robert M. La Follette, a reformer, won two states. Through the primaries, Senator LaFollette won a total of 36 delegates; President Taft won 48 delegates; and Roosevelt won 278 delegates. However 36 states did not hold primaries. Their delegates were chosen by state conventions, which were controlled by party politics, not by the voter. Many of the state delegates were contested.

Taft controlled the Republican National Committee, which had the power to make decisions on contested delegates. They awarded 235 of the contested delegates to Taft and 19 to Roosevelt. As a result, Roosevelt's delegates abstained from voting at his request.

Detailed results[edit]


  1. William Howard Taft — 561 votes
  2. Theodore Roosevelt — 107 votes
  3. Robert La Follette — ~36 votes
  4. Abstained (Roosevelt delegates) — 322 votes

Vice President[edit]

  1. James S. Sherman  ??? votes

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