1888 Democratic National Convention
|1888 Presidential Election|
Cleveland and Thurman
|Date(s)||June 5-June 7, 1888|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Presidential Nominee||Grover Cleveland of New York|
|Vice Presidential Nominee||Allen G. Thurman of Ohio|
St. Louis won the convention after a presentation in February 1888.
The Democratic National Convention held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 5-7, 1888, was harmonious. Incumbent President Cleveland was renominated unanimously without a formal ballot. This was the first time an incumbent Democratic president had been renominated since Martin Van Buren in 1840.
After Cleveland was renominated, Democrats had to choose a replacement for Thomas A. Hendricks. Hendricks ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for vice-president in 1876, but won the office when he ran again with Cleveland in 1884. Hendricks served as vice-president for only eight months before he died in office on November 25, 1885. Former Senator Allen G. Thurman of Ohio was nominated for vice-president over Isaac P. Gray, his nearest rival, and John C. Black, who trailed behind. Gray lost the nomination to Thurman primarily because his enemies brought up his actions while a Republican.2
|Vice Presidential Ballot|
|Allen G. Thurman||684||822|
|Isaac P. Gray||101|
|John C. Black||36|
The Democratic platform largely confined itself to a defense of the Cleveland administration, supporting reduction in the tariff and taxes generally as well as statehood for the western territories.
- Our Presidents and How We Make Them by Alexander K. McClure Ayer Co Pub (February 1988) ISBN 0-8369-5532-3
- Jacob Piatt Dunn, George William Harrison Kemper, Indiana and Indianans (p. 724).
- Party Platform
- Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held in St. Louis, Mo., June 5th, 6th and 7th, 1888
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