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1960 Republican National Convention

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Date(s)  July 25–28, 1960
City  Chicago
1960 Republican National Convention
Venue  International Amphitheatre
Presidential nominee  Richard Nixon of California
Vice Presidential nominee  Henry C. Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts

The 1960 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 25 to July 28, 1960, at the International Amphitheatre. It was the 14th and most recent time overall that Chicago hosted the Republican National Convention, more times than any other city.


The convention nominated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for President and former Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. of Massachusetts for Vice President.

The Presidency

By the time the Republican convention opened, Nixon had no opponents for the nomination. The highlight of the convention was the speech by U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona removing himself from the race where he called on the Conservatives to take back the party.

It was at this convention that Nixon promised to campaign in every state during his campaign. Nixon still managed victory, earning 1,321 votes to 10 for Goldwater.

The Vice Presidency

Before choosing Lodge, Nixon considered the following candidates for the vice presidential nomination, among others:

  • Robert B. Anderson, U.S. Treasury Secretary from Texas
  • Prescott S. Bush, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
  • Everett M. Dirksen, U.S. Senate Minority Leader from Illinois
  • Arthur S. Flemming, U.S. HEW Secretary from Ohio
  • Gerald R. Ford, U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona
  • Alfred M. Gruenther, former NATO Supreme Commander from Nebraska
  • Charles A. Halleck, U.S. House Minority Leader from Indiana
  • Walter H. Judd, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Neil H. McElroy, former Secretary of Defense from Ohio
  • James P. Mitchell, U.S. Labor Secretary from New Jersey
  • Thurston B. Morton, U.S. Senator from Kentucky
  • Charles H. Percy, businessman from Illinois
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York
  • William P. Rogers, U.S. Attorney General from Maryland
  • Hugh D. Scott, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Frederick A. Seaton, U.S. Interior Secretary from Nebraska
  • William G. Stratton, Governor of Illinois
  • Philip Willkie, son of Wendell Willkie (the GOP's 1940 presidential candidate) and businessman and state representative from Indiana
  • In the election, Nixon and Lodge lost to the Democratic ticket of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.


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