1932 Republican National Convention

The 1932 Republican National Convention was held at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois, from June 14 to June 16, 1932. It nominated President Herbert Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis for reelection.[1]

1932 Republican National Convention
1932 presidential election
Hoover and Curtis
Date(s)June 14–16, 1932
CityChicago, Illinois
VenueChicago Stadium
Presidential nomineeHerbert C. Hoover of California
Vice presidential nomineeCharles Curtis of Kansas
Results (president)Herbert Hoover (CA): 1126.5 (98.5%)
John J. Blaine: 13
Calvin Coolidge: 4.5
Joseph Irwin France: 4
James W. Wadsworth: 1
‹ 1928 · 1936 ›

Hoover was virtually unopposed for the nomination. Despite the ongoing situation facing the Republican Party, the convention praised Hoover and pledged itself to maintain a balanced budget.

Presidential nomination


Presidential candidates

Hoover accepts his nomination from Washington

Republicans gloomily gathered in Chicago for the 20th Republican National Convention. Los Angeles attorney Joseph Scott delivered President Hoover's nominating address, praising him as the man who taught the nation to resist the temptations of governmental paternalism. Hoover was re-nominated on the first ballot without significant opposition. To have repudiated the incumbent would have destroyed what little chance of victory the party had amid the worst economic depression in U.S. history.

Former Senator Joseph I. France of Maryland attempted to engineer a "draft Coolidge" movement, but the former president expressed no interest in the nomination.

Presidential Ballot
Candidate 1st Unanimous
Hoover 1,126.5 1,154
Blaine 13
Coolidge 4.5
France 4
Dawes 1
Wadsworth 1
Not Voting 3
Absent 1

Presidential Balloting / 3rd Day of Convention (June 16, 1932)

Vice Presidential nomination


Vice Presidential candidates


Vice President Curtis experienced more difficulties than President Hoover in securing his party's re-nomination. It took the fervid appeals of Hoover's cabinet members to keep the Illinois delegation from nominating former Vice President Charles Dawes for his old office. Curtis nonetheless still had to fight for his re-nomination despite the disorganization of his opposition by the advance refusal of Dawes to accept the nomination for second place. Ambassador Hanford MacNider and RCA Chairman James Harbord, both military professionals, were the primary beneficiaries of the opposition to Curtis.[2]

The initial roll call revealed Curtis to be 18 votes shy of securing re-nomination. At this point, Pennsylvania switched its 75 votes from favorite son Edward Martin to Curtis. After Curtis had secured the vice presidential nomination, the delegates moved to make his re-nomination unanimous.[2]

Vice Presidential Ballot
Candidate 1st (Before Shifts) 1st (After Shifts) Unanimous
Curtis 559.25 634.25 1,154
MacNider 178.75 178.75
Harbord 161.75 161.75
Martin 75 0
Fuller 57 57
Snell 56 56
Replogle 23.75 23.75
Couzens 11 11
Dawes 9.75 9.75
Ingalls 5 5
Hurley 2 2
Kenyon 2 2
Bingham 1 1
Morgan 1 1
Not Voting 9.75 9.75
Absent 1 1

Vice Presidential Balloting / 3rd Day of Convention (June 16, 1932)

See also



  1. ^ Shi & Tindall 2010, p. 1081.
  2. ^ a b Kalb, Deborah (ed.). CQ Press Guide to U.S. Elections (seventh ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4833-8038-4 – via Google Books.


  • Pietrusza, David 1932: The Rise of Hitler & FDR: Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal and Unlikely Destiny Lyons Press Guilford, CT 2015.
  • Shi, David E.; Tindall, George Brown (2010). Jon Durbin (ed.). America: A Narrative History. Vol. 1 (8th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-11700-4.
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