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1896 Republican National Convention
1896 Presidential Election
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Date(s) June 16-June 18, 1896
City St. Louis, Missouri
Chair John M. Thurston
Presidential Nominee William McKinley of Ohio
Vice Presidential Nominee Garret A. Hobart of New Jersey
Other Candidates Thomas B. Reed
Matthew Quay
Total Delegates 924
Votes Needed for Nomination 471
Results (President) McKinley (OH): 661.5 (71.59%)
Reed (ME): 84.5 (9.15%)
Quay PA: 61.5 (6.66%)
Morton (NY): 58 (6.28%)
Allison (IA): 35.5 (3.84%)
Not Voting: 22 (2.38%)
Cameron (PA): 1 (0.11%)
Ballots 1
1892  ·  1900

The 1896 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in a temporary structure south of the St. Louis City Hall in Saint Louis, Missouri, from June 16 to June 18, 1896.

Former Ohio Governor William McKinley was nominated on the first ballot with 661½ votes to 84½ to House Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed of Maine, 61½ votes for Pennsylvania Senator Matthew S. Quay, 58 votes for New York Governor Levi P. Morton who was Vice President under Benjamin Harrison. New Jersey banker Garret Augustus Hobart was nominated for Vice President over Henry Clay Evans of Tennessee. Joseph B. Foraker of Ohio placed McKinley's name in nomination.

The convention was originally slated for the St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall. However it was determined that repairs and upgrading the Hall could not be done in time and so a temporary wood convention hall was built in 60 days at a cost of $60,000 on the lawn south of City Hall which was under construction.[1]. At the conclusion of the convention, both the temporary building as well as the original Exposition Hall were torn down and a new Coliseum was built.

The 1896 Convention was held in St. Louis less than a month after the infamous 1896 tornado that devastated a large swath of the city and killed over 280 people. There was speculation that it might be unfeasible to hold the convention in the city, but, after a concerted cleanup effort was undertaken, the convention went ahead as planned.


The Republican platform of 1896 favored the gold standard but left the door open to free coinage of silver, it also supported acquisition of Hawaii and parts of the Danish West Indies, favored a canal across Central America, naval expansion, sympathized with revolutionaries in Cuba and Armenia, wanted exclusion of all illiterate immigrants, applauded gains in women's rights and pledged "equal pay for equal work". It also supported creation of a "National Board of Arbitration".

See also


  1. ^ Official Proceedings of the Eleventh Republican National Convention – 1896
Preceded by
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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