1948 Republican National Convention

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1948 Republican National Convention
1948 presidential election
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Dewey and Warren
Date(s)June 21–25, 1948
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
VenueConvention Hall
Presidential nomineeThomas E. Dewey of New York
Vice presidential nomineeEarl Warren of California
‹ 1944  ·  1952 ›

The 1948 Republican National Convention was held at the Municipal Auditorium, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from June 21 to 25, 1948.

New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey had paved the way to win the Republican presidential nomination in the primary elections, where he had beaten former Minnesota Governor Harold E. Stassen and World War II General Douglas MacArthur. In Philadelphia he was nominated on the third ballot over the opposition from die-hard conservative Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft, the future "minister of peace" Stassen, Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg, and California Governor Earl Warren. In all Republican conventions since 1948, the nominee has been selected on the first ballot. Warren was nominated for vice president. The Republican ticket of Dewey and Warren surprisingly went on to lose the general election to the Democratic ticket of Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley. One of the decisive factors in convening both major party conventions in Philadelphia that year was that Philadelphia was hooked up to the coaxial cable, giving the ability for two of the three then young television networks, NBC and CBS, to telecast for the first time live gavel to gavel coverage along the East Coast. Only a few minutes of kinescope film have survived of these historic, live television broadcasts.[1]


The party platform formally adopted at the convention included the following points:

  • Reduction of the public debt
  • Reduction of the inheritance tax
  • Labor reform
  • Promotion of small business through reduction of governmental intervention and regulation.
  • Elimination of unnecessary federal bureaus, and duplication of functions of necessary governmental agencies.
  • Federal aid to states for slum clearance and low-cost housing
  • Extension of Social Security benefits
  • A federal anti-lynching law
  • Federal civil rights legislation. Texas delegate Orville Bullington led a successful protest demanding southern representation on the platform panel considering the civil rights proposals.
  • Abolition of the poll tax
  • A crackdown on domestic Communism
  • Recognition of the state of Israel
  • International arms control "on basis of reliable disciplines against bad faith".
  • The admissions of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico as states to the union.[2]

Candidates before the convention[edit]


The tally:
Ballot 1 2 3
NY Governor Thomas E. Dewey 434 515 1094
OH Senator Robert A. Taft 224 274 0
Frm. MN Governor Harold Stassen 157 149 0
MI Senator and President pro tempore Arthur Vandenberg 62 62 0
CA Governor Earl Warren 59 57 0
House Speaker Joseph Martin 18 10 0
General Douglas MacArthur 11 7 0
Others 127 20 0

As of 2020, this was the last Republican Convention to go past the first ballot.

Vice Presidential nomination[edit]

Dewey had a long list of potential running mates, including his 1944 running mate, Senator John Bricker of Ohio, Representative Charles Halleck of Indiana, former Governor Harold Stassen of Minnesota, and California Governor Earl Warren.

Dewey chose Warren, who was subsequently nominated by acclaimation.

The Dewey–Warren ticket was the last to consist of two current or former state Governors until 2016, when former governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld ran on the Libertarian Party ticket.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simmons, Amy V. (5 August 2016). "The first televised Democratic Convention, 70 years later: An unplanned delegate remembers". Philadelphia Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Republican Party Platform of 1948".

External links[edit]

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