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1892 Democratic National Convention

1892 Democratic National Convention
1892 Presidential Election
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Cleveland and Stevenson
Date(s) June 21–23, 1892
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue The Wigwam
Presidential nominee Grover Cleveland of New York
Vice Presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois
1888  ·  1896

The 1892 Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, June 21–23, 1892 and nominated former President Grover Cleveland, who had been the party's standard-bearer in 1884 and 1888. This marked the first time a former president was renominated by a major party. Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois was nominated for Vice President. The ticket was victorious in the general election, defeating the Republican nominees, President Benjamin Harrison and his running-mate Whitelaw Reid.

The Convention

Presidential Candidates

Cleveland/Stevenson campaign poster

By the end of Harrison's term, many Americans were ready to return to Cleveland's harder policies. As Democrats convened in Chicago, Illinois on June 8–11, 1892, Cleveland was the frontrunner for the nomination, but faced formidable opposition. He had come out against the free coinage of silver, thereby earning the enmity of Western and Southern Democrats. Most damaging of all was the opposition of his home state; the New York delegation, packed with Tammany men, frequently demonstrated their hostility to Cleveland's candidacy on the convention floor.

In a narrow first-ballot victory, Cleveland received 617.33 votes, barely 10 more than needed, to 114 for Senator David B. Hill of New York, the candidate of Tammany Hall, 103 for Governor Horace Boies of Iowa, a populist and former Republican, and the rest scattered.

Presidential Ballot
1st Unanimous
Grover Cleveland 617.33 910
David B. Hill 114
Horace Boies 103
Arthur Pue Gorman 36.5
Adlai E. Stevenson 16.67
John G. Carlisle 14
William Ralls Morrison 3
James E. Campbell 2
Robert E. Pattison 1
William Russell 1
William Collins Whitney 1
Blank 0.5

Source: US President - D Convention. Our Campaigns. (September 7, 2009).

Vice Presidential Candidates

Although the Cleveland forces preferred Isaac P. Gray of Indiana for vice-president, they accepted the convention favorite, Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois.[1] As a supporter of using greenbacks and free silver to inflate the currency and alleviate economic distress in rural districts, Stevenson balanced the ticket headed by Cleveland, the hard-money, gold-standard supporter.[2]

Vice Presidential Ballot
1st Before Shifts 1st After Shifts Unanimous
Adlai E. Stevenson 402 652 910
Isaac P. Gray 343 185
Allen B. Morse 86 62
John L. Mitchell 45 10
Henry Watterson 26 0
William Bourke Cockran 5 0
Horace Boies 1 0
Lambert Tree 1 0
Blank 1 1

Source: US Vice President - D Convention. Our Campaigns. (September 7, 2009).

See also


  1. William DeGregorio, The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Gramercy 1997
  2. Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 23rd Vice President (1893-1897),

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