1868 Republican National Convention

The 1868 Republican National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 20 to May 21, 1868.Ulysses S. Grant won the election and became the 18th president of the united states.

1868 Republican National Convention
1868 presidential election
Grant Oval.png Colfax Oval.png
Nominees
Grant and Colfax
Convention
Date(s)May 20–21, 1868
CityChicago, Illinois
VenueCrosby's Opera House
Candidates
Presidential nomineeUlysses S. Grant of Illinois
Vice presidential nomineeSchuyler Colfax of Indiana
‹ 1864  ·  1872 ›

Commanding General of the U.S. Army Ulysses S. Grant was the unanimous choice of the Republicans for president. At the convention he was unopposed and chosen by acclamation on the first ballot. For vice president the delegates chose Speaker Schuyler Colfax, who was Grant's choice. In Grant's acceptance telegram he said "Let us have peace", which captured the imagination of the American people.

Presidential candidatesEdit

Candidate Born[1] Office Held State Delegates
 
Ulysses S. Grant
April 27, 1822
(age 46)
Point Pleasant, Ohio
6th
Commanding General
of the United States Army

(1864–1869)
 
Ohio
650

Withdrew before conventionEdit

Presidential ballotingEdit

Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st
Ulysses S. Grant 650

Vice Presidential candidatesEdit

Vice Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Before Shifts 5th After Shifts
Schuyler Colfax 115 145 165 186 226 541
Benjamin Wade 147 170 178 206 207 38
Reuben E. Fenton 126 144 139 144 139 69
Henry Wilson 119 114 101 87 56 0
Andrew G. Curtin 51 45 40 0 0 0
Hannibal Hamlin 28 30 25 25 20 0
James Speed 22 0 0 0 0 0
James Harlan 16 0 0 0 0 0
John A.J. Creswell 14 0 0 0 0 0
Samuel C. Pomeroy 6 0 0 0 0 0
William D. Kelley 4 0 0 0 0 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Candidate ages listed as they were during the convention in 1932

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1864
Baltimore
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
1872
Philadelphia