1892 Republican National Convention
|1892 Presidential Election|
Harrison and Reid
|Date(s)||June 7-June 10, 1892|
|Venue||Industrial Exposition Building|
|Presidential nominee||Benjamin Harrison of Indiana|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Whitelaw Reid of New York|
James G. Blaine|
|Votes needed for nomination||462|
Harrison (IN): 536 (59.16%)|
Blaine (ME): 183 (20.2%)
McKinley (OH): 182 (20.09%)
Reed (ME): 4 (0.44%)
Lincoln (IL): 1 (0.11%)
The 1892 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held at the Industrial Exposition Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 7 to June 10, 1892. The party nominated President Benjamin Harrison for re-election, on the first ballot and Whitelaw Reid of New York for Vice President.
James S. Clarkson of Iowa was the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee. J. Sloat Fassett of New York was Temporary Chairman and Governor William McKinley Jr. of Ohio the Permanent Chair of the convention.
Harrison’s Secretary of State James G. Blaine, who had resigned from the cabinet on June 4, 1892, on the eve of the convention, had his name submitted for consideration by the delegates, but drew little support. Future president William McKinley tied Blaine for second place among the delegates. If Blaine had got the nomination and won the general election, his vice-presidential running mate would have been sworn in as president, since Blaine died two and a half months after the election, on January 27, 1893.
Although successful in his bid for renomination, President Harrison's performance was underwhelming for an incumbent due in part to the crushing defeat that the party's Congressional candidates had met in the 1890 off year elections. He lost the fall 1892 election to former president Grover Cleveland.
The 1892 RNC was also the first convention where women were allowed to be delegates. Mrs. Therese Alberta (Parkinson) Jenkins, delegate from Wyoming, cast the first vote by a woman for President. Wyoming had granted full suffrage for women at statehood in 1890.
- Benjamin Harrison 535.17 votes (59.2%)
- James G. Blaine 182.17 votes (20.1%)
- William McKinley 182 votes (20.1%)
- Thomas Brackett Reed 4 votes (0.4%)
- Robert Lincoln 1 vote (0.1%)
- Whitelaw Reid 906 votes (100%)
- Huber, Molly. "Republican National Convention, June 1892." http://www.mnopedia.org/event/republican-national-convention-june-1892 MNopedia. Minnesota Historical Society. April 26, 2011. Accessed November 3, 2012.
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