1908 Republican National Convention

political convention

The 1908 Republican National Convention was held in Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois from June 16 to June 19, 1908. It nominated presidents that were in the Republican party.

The 1908 Republican National Convention in session at Chicago Coliseum

Theodore Roosevelt liked William Howard Taft, so he was nominated. The convention nominated James S. Sherman to be the vice president.

Candidates for presidentEdit

Before the convention, Charles Fairbanks and Charles Evans Hughes both seemed like possible nominees, but Roosevelt chose to pick the president himself.[1] Roosevelt wanted Elihu Root to be president, but Root was too young, so Roosevelt chose William Howard Taft instead.[2] Taft was sure that he would win.[3] Taft won the presidential nomination on the first ballot.[4]

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Chose not to be nominatedEdit

Vice Presidential CandidatesEdit

Taft wanted a progressive running mate like Albert Beveridge or Jonathan Dolliver, but Joseph Gurney Cannon and the New York delegation chose James S. Sherman.[2] Sherman was a conservative, but the progressive wing of the party chose him anyway.[2] Sherman won the vice presidential nomination on the first ballot, and he won 816 of the 979 votes.[5]

Chose not to be nominatedEdit

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Charles Warren Fairbanks, 26th Vice President (1905-1909)". US Senate. US Senate. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "James S. Sherman, 27th Vice President (1909-1912)". US Senate. US Senate. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. "Convention on, Taft Controls". New York Times. 17 June 1908. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  4. "Taft Named; First Ballot". New York Times. 19 June 1908. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. Tweedy, John (1910). A History of the Republican National Conventions from 1856 to 1908. Republican National Convention. pp. 389–390. Retrieved 8 October 2015.

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Preceded by
1904
Chicago, Illinois
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
1912
Chicago, Illinois