1908 Democratic National Convention
|1908 presidential election
Bryan and Kern
|Date(s)||July 7–10, 1908|
|Venue||Denver Auditorium Arena|
|Presidential nominee||William J. Bryan of Nebraska|
|Vice Presidential nominee||John W. Kern of Indiana|
The 1908 Democratic National Convention was the quadrennial Democratic National Convention, the presidential nominating convention of the Democratic Party. It took place from July 7 to July 10, 1908 at Denver Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.
The event is widely considered a significant part of Denver's political and social history.
The 1908 convention was the first convention of a major political party in a Western state. The city would not host another nominating convention until a century later, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
The convention was the second Democratic National Convention to include female delegates. The female delegates were Mary C.C. Bradford (Colorado) and Elizabeth Pugsley Hayward (Mrs. Henry J. Hayward) (Utah). Alternate delegates were Mrs. Charles Cook (Colorado), Harriet G. Hood (Wyoming), and Sara L. Ventress (Utah).
Declined to Seek Nomination
The delegates to the convention nominated William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska for President over George Gray of Delaware and John A. Johnson of Minnesota.
|William J. Bryan||888.5||1002|
|John A. Johnson||46|
Vice Presidential Candidates
Former Representative Charles A. Towne of New York (Withdrawn)
Coal Merchant Archibald McNeil of Connecticut (Withdrawn)
Former State Senator Clark Howell of Georgia (Withdrawn)
John W. Kern of Indiana was unanimously declared the candidate for vice-president without a formal ballot after the names of Charles A. Towne, Archibald McNeil, and Clark Howell were withdrawn from consideration.
|Vice Presidential Ballot|
|John W. Kern||1002|
- Official report of the proceedings of the Democratic national convention, held in Denver, Colorado, July 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1908
- More Photos of 1908 Democratic National Convention
- Once Every 100 Years
- 1908's Hot Ticket was to DNC
- 1908 Gathering was Bathed in Red Lights
- Democratic Party Platform of 1908 at The American Presidency Project