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1936 Democratic National Convention
1936 Presidential Election
FDR in 1933.jpg JohnNanceGarner.jpg
Date(s) July 23 - July 27
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue Convention Hall
Presidential Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt
of New York
Vice Presidential Nominee John N. Garner of Texas
1932  ·  1940

The 1936 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 23 - June 27, 1936. The convention resulted in the re-nomination of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice President John Nance Garner.

Prior to 1936, the rule for nominating candidates for President and Vice President required a two-thirds majority of the delegates. However, this rule was abolished at the 1936 Democratic Convention and conventioneers adopted a simple majority for nomination. This would allow for candidates to more easily be nominated and would thus produce less balloting. It also began to diminish the South's clout at the convention, making it easier for Democrats to begin adopting civil rights into their platforms.

An African-American minister delivered the invocation, causing South Carolina Senator Ellison D. Smith to walk out of the convention.

In his acceptance speech on June 27, Roosevelt remarked, "This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."

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