Parades, Protests and Politics


Convention City

Conventions were implemented in 1832 as a way to unify parties and promote candidates to an audience of delegates from across the nation. During presidential election years, delegates gathered to represent their party on a state level before traveling to a national convention. They then nominated the party's candidates for president and vice president and decided on a platform consisting of issues and ideas about policy.

Year Party Nominee VP Nominee Number of Ballots
1860 Republican Abraham Lincoln Hannibal Hamlin 4
1864 Democratic Gen. George McClellan George Pendleton 1
1868 Republican Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax 1
1880 Republican James Garfield Chester Arthur 36
1884 Republican
Democratic
James Blaine
Grover Cleveland
John Logan
Thomas Hendricks
4
2
1888 Republican Benjamin Harrison Levi Morton 8
1892 Democratic Grover Cleveland Adlai E. Stevenson 1
1896 Democratic William Jennings Bryan Arthur Sewall 5
1904 Republican Theodore Roosevelt Charles Fairbanks 1
1908 Republican William Howard Taft James Sherman 1
1912 Republican William Howard Taft James Sherman 1
1916 Republican Charles Evans Hughes Charles Fairbanks 3
1920 Republican Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge 10
1932 Democratic
Republican
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Herbert Hoover
John Garner
Charles Curtis
4
1
1940 Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt Henry Wallace 1
1944 Democratic
Republican
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas E. Dewey
Harry Truman
John Bricker
1
1
1952 Democratic
Republican
Adlai Stevenson
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John Sparkman
Richard Nixon
3
1
1956 Democratic Adlai Stevenson Estes Kefauver 1
1960 Republican Richard Nixon Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. 1
1968 Democratic Hubert Humphrey Edmund Muskie 1
1996 Democratic Bill Clinton Al Gore 1


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