1936 Democratic National Convention
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|1936 presidential election|
|Date(s)||June 23–27, 1936|
|Presidential nominee||Franklin D. Roosevelt of |
|Vice presidential nominee||John N. Garner of Texas|
The 1936 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 23 to 27, 1936. The convention resulted in the nomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice President John N. Garner for reelection.
Changes to rules
At the 1936 Democratic Convention, the rule requiring candidates for President and Vice President to have a majority of two-thirds of the delegates votes to win nomination, which had existed since 1832, was abolished.
The conventioneers provided that a simple majority of delegates would be required to win nomination, allowing for candidates to more easily be nominated and thus produce less balloting. In this regard, only one Democratic Convention after 1932 has required multiple ballots (that of 1952, which required three).
This also began the decline of the South's clout at Democratic conventions, making it easier for the Democrats to begin adopting civil rights and other liberal ideas into their platforms, since the two-thirds rule had long given the South a de facto veto power on presidential nominees.
With the rule's abolition, Missouri Senator Bennett Champ Clark noted that "the Democratic Party is no longer a sectional party, it has become a great national party." Southern Democrats would continue to decline in power, ultimately leading to the Dixiecrat movement and Nixon's 1968 Southern strategy.
|Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1936|
|Name||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Certified Votes||Voice Vote(100.00%)|
President Roosevelt and Vice President Garner were renominated by acclamation without need for a roll-call vote.
In his acceptance speech on June 27 at the adjacent Franklin Field, Roosevelt remarked, "This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."
- History of the United States Democratic Party
- 1936 Democratic Party presidential primaries
- List of Democratic National Conventions
- United States presidential nominating convention
- 1936 Republican National Convention
- 1936 United States presidential election
- Schulman, Bruce (1994). From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980. Duke University Press. pp. 44–46. ISBN 0822315378. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "Curtains for Cotton Ed". Time. 1944-08-07. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- Democratic Party Platform of 1936 at The American Presidency Project
- Roosevelt Nomination Acceptance Speech for President at DNC (transcript) at The American Presidency Project
- A film clip "Democrats Cheer, 1936/06/24 (1936) is available at the Internet Archive
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