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1868 Republican National Convention

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Date(s)  May 20–21, 1868
Venue  Crosby's Opera House
City  Chicago, Illinois
1868 Republican National Convention
Presidential nominee  Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois
Vice Presidential nominee  Schuyler Colfax of Indiana

The 1868 Republican National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 20 to May 21, 1868.

General Ulysses S. Grant had emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination after being the Union commander in the Civil War. He was nominated for President unopposed on the first ballot. To balance Grant, a former Democrat and a hard drinker, the convention chose House Speaker Schuyler Colfax, a former Whig and temperance man, for Vice President. In Grant's acceptance telegram he said "Let us have peace", which captured the imagination of the American people.

Candidates for the vice-presidential nomination

  • Benjamin F. Wade (Ohio)
  • John A. J. Creswell (Maryland)
  • Andrew G. Curtin (Pennsylvania)
  • Reuben E. Fenton (New York)
  • Hannibal Hamlin (Maine)
  • James Harlan (Iowa)
  • William D. Kelley (Pennsylvania)
  • Samuel C. Pomeroy (Kansas)
  • James Speed (Kentucky)
  • Henry Wilson (Massachusetts)
  • References

    1868 Republican National Convention Wikipedia


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