1884 Democratic National Convention
In 1884, the Democrats gathered in Chicago for their National Convention. The Democrats made Governor Grover Cleveland of New York their presidential nominee with the former Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana as the vice presidential nominee.
|1884 presidential election|
Cleveland and Hendricks
|Date(s)||July 8–11, 1884|
|Presidential nominee||Grover Cleveland of New York|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana|
The leading candidate for the presidential nomination was New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Cleveland's reputation for good government made him a national figure. The Republican Party nominated James G. Blaine for president in 1884, although he had been implicated in a financial scandal. Many influential Republicans were outraged, thought the time had come for a national reform administration and withdrew from the convention. These Republicans are called mugwumps, and declared that they would vote for the Democratic candidate based on his integrity.
Thomas A. Hendricks professed that he was not a candidate for the presidential nomination. When a delegate from Illinois cast the only vote he received on the first ballot, Hendricks rose to ask this vote be withdrawn because it "wrongly" placed him before the convention. Nonetheless, Hendricks made an impressive showing on the second ballot but it was not enough to prevent the nomination of Cleveland.
|Ballot||1st||2nd Before Shifts||2nd After Shifts|
|Thomas F. Bayard||170||151.5||81.5|
|Thomas A. Hendricks||1||123.5||45.5|
|Allen G. Thurman||88||60||4|
|Samuel J. Randall||78||5||4|
|Joseph E. McDonald||56||2||2|
|John G. Carlisle||27||0||0|
|Roswell P. Flower||4||0||0|
|Samuel J. Tilden||1||2||0|
Vice presidential nominationEdit
Vice presidential candidateEdit
Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana was overwhelming nominated as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate after the names of John C. Black, George W. Glick, Joseph E. McDonald, and William Rosecrans were withdrawn from consideration.
|Vice Presidential Ballot|
|Thomas A. Hendricks||816|
- Edward B. Dickinson (ed.), Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention Held in Chicago, Ill., July 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 1884. New York: Douglas Taylor's Democratic Printing House, n.d. .