1888 Democratic National Convention

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1888 Democratic National Convention
1888 presidential election
StephenGroverCleveland.png AllenGThurman.png
Cleveland and Thurman
Date(s)June 5–7, 1888
CitySt. Louis, Missouri
VenueExposition Building
Presidential nomineeGrover Cleveland of New York
Vice Presidential nomineeAllen G. Thurman of Ohio
‹ 1884  ·  1892 ›

The 1888 Democratic National Convention was a nominating convention held June 5 to 7, 1888, in the St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall in St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Louis won the convention after a presentation in February 1888.


Stephen M. White served as temporary chairman and Patrick A. Collins served as the convention's permanent president.[1]


The Democratic platform largely confined itself to a defense of the Cleveland administration, supporting reduction in the tariff and taxes generally as well as statehood for the western territories.

Presidential nomination[edit]

Presidential candidates[edit]

President Cleveland was renominated by acclamation. An event few could directly remember, as the last time such a thing happened was forty-eight years previous. Presidents Franklin Pierce and Andrew Johnson lost the nomination in 1852 and 1868 respectively, and Presidents James K. Polk and James Buchanan refused to run for a second term.

Vice Presidential nomination[edit]

Vice Presidential candidates[edit]

Cleveland/Thurman campaign poster
Delegate ticket

After Cleveland was renominated, Democrats had to choose a replacement for Thomas A. Hendricks. Hendricks ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for vice-president in 1876, but won the office when he ran again with Cleveland in 1884. Hendricks served as vice-president for only eight months before he died in office on November 25, 1885.

Three names were placed in nomination: Allen G. Thurman, Isaac P. Gray, and John C. Black. Former Senator Thurman of Ohio was nominated for vice-president over Indiana Governor Gray, his nearest rival, and John C. Black, who trailed behind. Gray lost the nomination to Thurman primarily because his enemies brought up his actions while a Republican.[2]

Vice Presidential Ballot
1st Acclamation
Allen G. Thurman 684 822
Isaac P. Gray 101
John C. Black 36
Blank 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Our Presidents and How We Make Them by Alexander K. McClure Ayer Co Pub (February 1988) ISBN 0-8369-5532-3
  2. ^ Jacob Piatt Dunn, George William Harrison Kemper, Indiana and Indianans (p. 724).

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chicago, Illinois
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
Chicago, Illinois