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1908 Democratic National Convention

1908 Democratic National Convention
1908 Presidential Election
Bryan and Kern
Date(s) July 7–July 10, 1908
City Denver, Colorado
Venue Denver Auditorium Arena
Presidential nominee William J. Bryan of Nebraska
Vice Presidential nominee John W. Kern of Indiana

The 1908 Democratic National Convention was the quadrennial Democratic National Convention, the presidential nominating convention of the Democratic Party. It took place from July 7 to July 10, 1908 at Denver Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The event is widely considered a significant part of Denver's political and social history.


  • The Convention 1
    • Presidential Candidates 1.1
      • Declined to Seek Nomination 1.1.1
    • Vice Presidential Candidates 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

The Convention

The 1908 convention was the first convention of a major political party in a Western state. The city would not host another nominating convention until a century later, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The convention was the second Democratic National Convention to include female delegates.[1][2] The female delegates were Mary C.C. Bradford (Colorado) and Elizabeth Pugsley Hayward (Mrs. Henry J. Hayward) (Utah). Alternate delegates were Mrs. Charles Cook (Colorado), Harriet G. Hood (Wyoming), and Sara L. Ventress (Utah).[3]

Presidential Candidates

Declined to Seek Nomination

The delegates to the convention nominated Delaware and John A. Johnson of Minnesota.

Presidential Ballot
1st Unanimous
William J. Bryan 888.5 1002
George Gray 59.5
John A. Johnson 46
Blank 8

Vice Presidential Candidates

John W. Kern of Indiana was unanimously declared the candidate for vice-president without a formal ballot after the names of Charles A. Towne, Archibald McNeil, and Clark Howell were withdrawn from consideration.

Vice Presidential Ballot
John W. Kern 1002


  1. ^ CNN: Think you know your Democratic convention trivia?
  2. ^ Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
  3. ^ America Comes Alive: A First For Women (1908)

External links

  • Official report of the proceedings of the Democratic national convention, held in Denver, Colorado, July 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1908
  • More Photos of 1908 Democratic National Convention
  • Once Every 100 Years
  • 1908's Hot Ticket was to DNC
  • 1908 Gathering was Bathed in Red Lights
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