1908 Republican National Convention
The 1908 Republican National Convention, the fourteenth presidential nominating convention of the Republican Party of the
United States, was held in Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinoison July 16to July 19, 1908. It convened to nominate a successor to the popular GOP President, Theodore Rooseveltand his Vice President, Charles W. Fairbanks.
In the event,
United States Secretary of War William Howard Taftof Ohiowon Roosevelt's endorsement and received the nomination. The convention nominated New YorkRepresentative James Schoolcraft Shermanto be his running mate.
The Republican platform celebrated the Roosevelt administration's economic policies such as the keeping of the protective tariff, establishment of a permanent currency system (the
Federal Reserve), additional government supervision and control over trusts. It championed enforcement of railroadrate laws, giving the Interstate Commerce Commissionauthority to investigate interstate railroads, and reduction of work hours for railroad workers, as well as general reduction in the work week.
In foreign policy, it supported a buildup of the armed forces, protection of American citiziens abroad, extension of foreign commerce, vigorous arbitration and the Hague treaties, a revival of the U.S.
Merchant Marine, support of war veterans, self-government for Cubaand the Philippineswith citizenship for residents of Puerto Rico.
In other areas, it advocated court reform, creation of a federal Bureau of Mines and
Mining, extension of rural African-Americans and the civil service, and greater efficiency in national public healthagencies.
The platform lastly expressed pride in U.S. involvement in the building of the
Panama Canal, the admission of the New Mexico and Territories; called for the celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln; and generally deplored the Democratic Party while celebrating the policies of the Republicans.
Candidates for the Presidential nomination
William Howard Taft(Ohio)
Joseph Gurney Cannon(Illinois)
Charles W. Fairbanks( Indiana)
Joseph B. Foraker(Ohio)
Charles Evans Hughes( New York)
Philander Chase Knox( Pennsylvania)
Robert M. La Follette( Wisconsin)
Leslie M. Shaw( Iowa)
Candidates for the Vice Presidential nomination
1908 Democratic National Convention
United States presidential election, 1908
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