1948 Republican Party vice presidential candidate selection

This article lists those who were potential candidates for the Republican nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 1948 election. After New York Governor Thomas Dewey secured the Republican presidential nomination on the third ballot of the 1948 Republican National Convention, the convention needed to choose Dewey's running mate. Dewey and several party leaders discussed Dewey's running mate during the evening of June 24. House Majority Leader Charles A. Halleck and former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen were both considered, but Dewey ultimately decided to ask California Governor Earl Warren to be his running mate.[1] Warren had earlier said that he would not accept the vice presidential nomination, and asked for time to consider the offer.[1] In the meantime, Stassen was offered the nomination if Warren declined.[2] However, Dewey convinced the reluctant Warren to join his ticket.[3] Halleck alleged that he had been promised the vice presidency in exchange for supporting Dewey, but Halleck's isolationism convinced Dewey and others to pass him over.[4] The Dewey-Warren ticket was well-received by the press, as it combined the youthful, popular governors of two of the three most populous states in the nation.[2] Despite being favored by most, the Dewey-Warren ticket lost the 1948 election to the Democratic Truman-Barkley ticket.[3] In 1953, Warren was appointed Chief Justice of the United States by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

California Governor Earl Warren was chosen as the Republican nominee for vice president in 1948.

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  1. ^ a b Karabell, Zachary (18 December 2007). The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 149. ISBN 9780307428868. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Donaldson, Gary (2000). Truman Defeats Dewey. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 154–155. ISBN 9780813128511. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Newton, Jim (2 October 2007). Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made. Penguin. pp. 210–211. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Reinhard, David (5 February 2015). The Republican Right Since 1945. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 48–49. ISBN 9780813164403. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Sigelman, Lee; Wahlbeck, Paul (December 1997). "The "Veepstakes": Strategic Choice in Presidential Running Mate Selection". The American Political Science Review. 91 (4): 858. doi:10.2307/2952169. JSTOR 2952169.