1868 Republican National Convention
1868 presidential election
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Colfax Oval.png
Nominees
Grant and Colfax
Convention
Date(s)May 20–21, 1868
CityChicago, Illinois
VenueCrosby's Opera House
Candidates
Presidential nomineeUlysses S. Grant of Illinois
Vice presidential nomineeSchuyler Colfax of Indiana
‹ 1864  ·  1872 ›

The 1868 Republican National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 20 to May 21, 1868. Ulysses S. Grant won the election and became the 18th president of the united states.

Commanding General of the U.S. Army Ulysses S. Grant was the unanimous choice of the Republican convention delegates for president. For vice president the delegates chose Speaker Schuyler Colfax, who was Grant's choice. In Grant's acceptance telegram, a letter to then President of the Republican National Convention Joseph R. Hawley, Grant said "Let us have peace", [1] which captured the imagination of the American people.

Presidential nomination

Presidential candidate

As Republicans convened in Chicago in May 1868, Grant had no serious opposition for the nomination; he was nominated unanimously on the first ballot.

Presidential balloting

Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st
Grant 648


Presidential Balloting / 2nd Day of Convention (May 21, 1868)

Vice Presidential nomination

Vice Presidential candidates

Vice Presidential Ballot
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th (Before Shifts) 5th (After Shifts)
Colfax 115 145 165 186 226 541
Wade 147 170 178 206 207 38
Fenton 126 144 139 144 139 69
Wilson 119 114 101 87 56 0
Curtin 51 45 40 0 0 0
Hamlin 28 30 25 25 20 0
Speed 22 0 0 0 0 0
Harlan 16 0 0 0 0 0
Creswell 14 0 0 0 0 0
Pomeroy 6 0 0 0 0 0
Kelley 4 0 0 0 0 0


Vice Presidential Balloting / 2nd Day of Convention (May 21, 1868)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Letter to Joseph R. Hawley, President National Union Republican Convention, Accepting the Presidential Nomination | The American Presidency Project". www.presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
Preceded by
1864
Baltimore
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
1872
Philadelphia