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1956 Republican National Convention

The 1956 Republican National Convention was held by the Republican Party of the United States at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, from August 20 to August 23, 1956. U.S. Senator William F. Knowland was temporary chairman and former speaker of the House Joseph W. Martin Jr. served as permanent chairman. It renominated President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon as the party's candidates for the 1956 presidential election.

1956 Republican National Convention
1956 presidential election
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Eisenhower and Nixon
Date(s)August 20–23, 1956
CitySan Francisco, CA
VenueCow Palace
Presidential nomineeDwight D. Eisenhower of Pennsylvania[1]
Vice Presidential nomineeRichard M. Nixon of California
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Eisenhower was expected to be renominated by acclamation at the Convention until a lone delegate decided to vote for a fictitious candidate named "Joe Smith". He voted the same when Nixon was nominated.

On August 23, 1956, singer Nat King Cole spoke at the Republican Convention.

Convention-goers at the 1956 Republican National Convention holding signs for Richard Nixon.

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  1. ^ Nichols, David A. (2011). Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-4391-3934-9. At 9:13, Ike, Mamie and Dr. Snyder departed by car for Gettysburg, where the Eisenhowers, as Pennsylvania residents, were obligated to vote.

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