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Did You Know? GOP Convention Facts


First Republican Nominee for President:

On June 17-19, 1856 in Philadelphia, Republicans held their first national convention and nominated John C. Fremont as their party's candidate. Fremont ran again in 1860 but dropped out to support Abraham Lincoln.

Conventions in Twin Cities:

Minneapolis hosted a convention in 1892 when Republicans nominated Benjamin Harrison. This year's event is the first convention being held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Longest and Shortest Republican Conventions:

The Republican conventions of 1880 and 1888 each lasted six days, while the conventions of 1864, 1868 and 1872 each lasted only two days. The longest Democratic convention was in 1924 in New York, when James Davis was nominated after 17 days and 103 ballots.

Last Military Veteran to be the Republican Nominee:

Bob Dole (R-Kan.) in 1996.

Last Sitting Senator to be the Republican Nominee:

Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) became the Republican nominee in 1964 in San Francisco.
In 1996, Bob Dole, Republican of Kansas, was the party's nominee but he resigned from the U.S. Senate in June 1996, ending a 27-year career in the Senate.

Last Sitting Republican Senator to win the Presidency:

Warren G. Harding in 1920, a Republican Senator from Ohio. Harding (R) and John F. Kennedy (D) are the only two "sitting" Senators to be elected President.

First Woman to be Nominated for Vice President at a Major Party Convention:

Lena Springs at the 1924 Democratic Convention. Springs was a South Carolina Committeewoman. She received 38 votes.

Last Woman to the VP Nominee of a Major Party:

Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. Ferraro, a Congresswoman from New York, was Walter Mondale's running mate.

The "National Union Convention":

In 1864 during the Civil War, the Republican convention included Democrats who were loyal to the Union; the convention was thus dubbed the "National Union Convention". They nominated Abraham Lincoln for a second time as their Presidential candidate and Andrew Johnson for Vice President.

Most Ballots needed to Nominate a Candidate at a Republican Convention:

36 ballots were needed to nominate James Garfield at the 1880 Convention in Chicago; far and away the largest number in Republican Convention history.