1868 Democratic National Convention
The 1868 Democratic National Convention was held at
Tammany Hallin New York City. Although Horatio Seymourof New Yorkwas nominated as the candidate for President, he stood virtually no chance of defeating the hero of the Civil War, Republican candidate Ulysses S. Grant. The Republican candidate for Vice-President was Schuyler Colfaxof Indiana. Francis P. Blair, Jr.of Missouriwas the Democratic candidate for Vice-President.
In the election of
1868, the Democratic nominee received 33 electoral votes from his home State of New York, and 47 electoral votes from other places. General Grant received electoral 214 votes. The Democrats carried only eight states.
The most memorable occurrences at the convention were the return of politicians from the defeated, war-ravaged southern States. In attendance was Robert Barnwell Rhett of
Louisiana(formerly of South Carolina) who had been one of the strongest advocates of secession.
* Gillet, "Democracy in the United States", (New York, 1868)
* " [http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moa;idno=AHM4870 Official proceedings of the National Democratic convention, held at New York, July 4-9, 1868] "
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