1936 Democratic National Convention

1936 Democratic National Convention

1936 Democratic National Convention
1936 Presidential Election

Roosevelt and Garner
Date(s) July 23 - July 27
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue Convention Hall
Franklin Field
Presidential nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York
Vice Presidential nominee John N. Garner of Texas

The 1936 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 23 to 27, 1936. The convention resulted in the nomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice President John N. Garner for reelection.


  • Change in Rules 1
  • Results 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Change in Rules

Prior to 1936, the rule for nominating candidates for President and Vice President required a two-thirds vote of the delegates. However, this rule was abolished at the 1936 Democratic Convention and conventioneers adopted a rule which provided that a majority could nominate. 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 and other liberal ideas into their platforms.

South Carolina Senator Ellison D. Smith walked out of the convention hall once he saw that a black minister was going to deliver the invocation.[1] Smith recalled, "He started praying and I started walking. And from his great plantation in the sky, John C. Calhoun bent down and whispered in my ear – 'You done good, Ed.'"


President Roosevelt and Vice President Garner were renominated by acclamation without need for a roll-call vote.

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

See also


  1. ^ "Curtains for Cotton Ed". Time. 1944-08-07. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

External links

  • A film clip "Democrats Cheer, 1936/06/24 (1936)" is available for free download at the Internet Archive []
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