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1900 Democratic National Convention

The 1900 Democratic National Convention was a United States presidential nominating convention that took place the week of July 4, 1900 at Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.

The convention nominated William Jennings Bryan for President and former Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for his former office. The ticket was to lose the general election to the Republican ticket of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.


  • The Convention 1
    • Presidential candidate 1.1
      • Declined 1.1.1
      • Vice Presidential candidates 1.1.2
        • Declined
  • References 2
  • External links 3

The Convention

Presidential candidate


Convention Hall

Bryan had little opposition for the nomination after

Preceded by
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
  • Wind River history of convention
  • Harpers Weekly Cartoon and History of Convention

External links

  • Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1900
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  2. ^ Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
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Vice Presidential Ballot
1st Before Shifts 1st After Shifts
Adlai E. Stevenson 561.5 936
David B. Hill 207 0
Charles A. Towne 89.5 0
Abraham W. Patrick 46 0
Julian S. Carr 23 0
John W. Smith 16 0
Others 2 0

At the start of the convention, former Congressman Charles A. Towne of Minnesota was considered the favorite for the vice presidential nomination, as both the Populists and the Silver Republican Party backed Towne.[5] Other names mentioned as possible candidates include former New York Senator David B. Hill (who declined to be nominated) and John W. Keller, an obscure commissioner from New York City.[5] However, former vice President Adlai Stevenson won the nomination with the help of allies of Bryan, who wanted to keep Hill off of the ticket.[6] The choice of Stevenson alienated the Populists and Silver Republicans, who had planned to nominate the Democratic ticket.[6]

Vice Presidential candidates

Kansas City had the convention thanks to its new Convention Hall, which opened on February 22, 1899. The hall was destroyed in a fire on April 4, 1900, but was rebuilt in 90 days in time for the convention. Harry S. Truman served as a page at the convention.

The convention marked the first time that a member of royalty attended a U.S. national nominating convention as a delegate. David Kawananakoa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, represented the newest United States territory. Prince David was to break a tie about inserting a free silver plank into the convention platform. The Democrats included planks in the platform denouncing Republican imperialism and expansion, as had been demonstrated in the Spanish–American War.

The 1900 Democratic National Convention was the first time a woman served as a delegate to a major party convention. Elizabeth M. Cohen of Salt Lake City, Utah, became a delegate when one of the Utah delegates could not serve, and she seconded the nomination of William Jennings Bryan.[2][3][4]

. Populist Party. Bryan was also nominated by a branch of the Tammany Hall of New York's Richard Croker Bryan's strongest opposition at the convention came from [1]

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