1908 Democratic National Convention
1908 presidential election
Bryan and Kern
Date(s)July 7–10, 1908
CityDenver, Colorado
VenueDenver Auditorium Arena
Presidential nomineeWilliam J. Bryan of Nebraska
Vice presidential nomineeJohn W. Kern of Indiana
‹ 1904  ·  1912 ›
Bryan addresses the convention
Bryan addresses the convention

The 1908 Democratic National Convention took place from July 7 to July 10, 1908, at Denver Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The event is widely considered a significant part of Denver's political and social history.

The Convention

The 1908 convention was the first convention of a major political party in a Western state. The city did not host another nominating convention until a century later, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The convention was the second Democratic National Convention to include female delegates.[1][2] They were Mary C.C. Bradford (Colorado) and Elizabeth Pugsley Hayward (Mrs. Henry J. Hayward) (Utah). Alternate delegates were Mrs. Charles Cook (Colorado), Harriet G. Hood (Wyoming), and Sara L. Ventress (Utah).[3]

Presidential nomination

Presidential candidates

Three names were placed in nomination: William Jennings Bryan, John A. Johnson, and George Gray. Bryan was unanimously declared the candidate for president after handily winning the first ballot's roll call.

Presidential Ballot
1st Unanimous
William J. Bryan 888.5 1002
George Gray 59.5
John A. Johnson 46
Blank 8

Vice Presidential nomination


John W. Kern Charles A. Towne Archibald McNeil Clark Howell John Mitchell
Former State Senator
from Indiana
Former U.S. Representative
for New York's 14th District
Coal Merchant
from Connecticut
Former State Senator
from Georgia
5th President of the UMW
from Illinois
NW: Before 1st Ballot NW: Before 1st Ballot NW: Before 1st Ballot DTBN
Jerry B. Sullivan David R. Francis George Gray William G. Conrad
Attorney at Law
from Iowa
20th U.S. Secretary of the Interior
from Missouri
Federal Appeals Judge
from Delaware
Banker and Businessman
from Montana

Speculated Candidates

Lewis S. Chanler John B. Stanchfield John A. Johnson Judson Harmon William H. Berry Morgan J. O'Brien Herman A. Metz
46th Lieutenant Governor
of New York
Attorney at Law
from New York
16th Governor of Minnesota
41st U.S. Attorney General
from Ohio
State Treasurer
of Pennsylvania
Justice of the First
Judicial Department

from New York
New York City Comptroller
from New York
[4][5][6][7] [8] [9][10][11] [12] [13] [14] [15]
Francis B. Harrison William L. Douglas Martin W. Littleton Ollie Murray James William J. Gaynor Herman Ridder Joseph W. Folk
U.S. Representative
for New York's 16th District
42nd Governor of Massachusetts
Former Borough President
of Brooklyn
from New York
U.S. Representative
for Kentucky's 1st District
Justice of the Second
Judicial Department
from New York
President and Editor of
the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung
from New York
31st Governor of Missouri
[16][17] [18][19] [20][21] [22] [23][24][25] [26] [27]

John W. Kern of Indiana was unanimously declared the candidate for vice-president without a formal ballot after the names of Charles A. Towne, Archibald McNeil, and Clark Howell were withdrawn from consideration.

Vice Presidential Ballot
John W. Kern 1002

See also


  1. ^ CNN: Think you know your Democratic convention trivia?
  2. ^ Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
  3. ^ America Comes Alive: A First For Women (1908)
  4. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/04/22/104723616.pdf
  5. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/17/104733280.pdf
  6. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/26/104735168.pdf
  7. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/29/106715610.pdf
  8. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/17/104733280.pdf
  9. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/17/104733280.pdf
  10. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/02/104736486.pdf
  11. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/02/104736488.pdf
  12. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/17/104733280.pdf
  13. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/23/105006834.pdf
  14. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/29/106715610.pdf
  15. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/29/106715610.pdf
  16. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/29/106715610.pdf
  17. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/05/104737215.pdf
  18. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/06/29/106715610.pdf
  19. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/02/104736486.pdf
  20. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/02/104736486.pdf
  21. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/05/104737215.pdf
  22. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/02/104736488.pdf
  23. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/05/104737227.pdf
  24. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/05/104737215.pdf
  25. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/11/104807135.pdf
  26. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/05/104737215.pdf
  27. ^ https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1908/07/10/106715831.pdf
Preceded by
St. Louis, Missouri
Democratic National Conventions
Succeeded by
Baltimore, Maryland