1900 Democratic National Convention
The convention nominated William Jennings Bryan for President and former Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for his former office. The ticket was to lose the general election to the Republican ticket of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
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Presidential candidate 1.1
- Declined 1.1.1
Vice Presidential candidates 1.1.2
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- Presidential candidate 1.1
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Bryan had little opposition for the nomination after
|Democratic National Conventions||
- Wind River history of convention
- Harpers Weekly Cartoon and History of Convention
- Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1900
- Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
|Vice Presidential Ballot|
|1st Before Shifts||1st After Shifts|
|Adlai E. Stevenson||561.5||936|
|David B. Hill||207||0|
|Charles A. Towne||89.5||0|
|Abraham W. Patrick||46||0|
|Julian S. Carr||23||0|
|John W. Smith||16||0|
At the start of the convention, former Congressman Charles A. Towne of Minnesota was considered the favorite for the vice presidential nomination, as both the Populists and the Silver Republican Party backed Towne. Other names mentioned as possible candidates include former New York Senator David B. Hill (who declined to be nominated) and John W. Keller, an obscure commissioner from New York City. However, former vice President Adlai Stevenson won the nomination with the help of allies of Bryan, who wanted to keep Hill off of the ticket. The choice of Stevenson alienated the Populists and Silver Republicans, who had planned to nominate the Democratic ticket.
Vice Presidential candidates
Kansas City had the convention thanks to its new Convention Hall, which opened on February 22, 1899. The hall was destroyed in a fire on April 4, 1900, but was rebuilt in 90 days in time for the convention. Harry S. Truman served as a page at the convention.
The convention marked the first time that a member of royalty attended a U.S. national nominating convention as a delegate. David Kawananakoa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, represented the newest United States territory. Prince David was to break a tie about inserting a free silver plank into the convention platform. The Democrats included planks in the platform denouncing Republican imperialism and expansion, as had been demonstrated in the Spanish–American War.
The 1900 Democratic National Convention was the first time a woman served as a delegate to a major party convention. Elizabeth M. Cohen of Salt Lake City, Utah, became a delegate when one of the Utah delegates could not serve, and she seconded the nomination of William Jennings Bryan.