1936 Democratic National Convention

The 1936 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 23 - June 27, 1936. The convention resulted in the re-nomination of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice President John Nance Garner.

Prior to 1936, the rule for nominating candidates for President and Vice President required a two-thirds majority of the delegates. However, this rule was abolished at the 1936 Democratic Convention and conventioneers adopted a simple majority for nomination. This would allow for candidates to more easily be nominated and would thus produce less balloting. It also began to diminish the South's clout at the convention, making it easier for Democrats to begin adopting civil rights into their platforms.

An African-American minister delivered the invocation, causing South Carolina Senator Ellison D. Smith to walk out of the convention.

In his acceptance speech on June 27, Roosevelt remarked, "This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."

ee also

*1936 Republican National Convention
*United States presidential election, 1936
*Democratic National Convention

list=Democratic National Conventions

External links

* [http://www.archive.org/details/1936-06-24_Democrats_Cheer Universal Newsreel footage of the Convention]

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