1916 Democratic National Convention
1916 presidential election
Wilson and Marshall
Date(s)June 14–16, 1916
CitySt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
VenueSt. Louis Coliseum
Presidential nomineeWoodrow Wilson of New Jersey
Vice presidential nomineeThomas R. Marshall of Indiana
‹ 1912 · 1920 ›

The 1916 Democratic National Convention was held at the St. Louis Coliseum in St. Louis, Missouri from June 14 to June 16, 1916. It resulted in the nomination of President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall for reelection.

Presidential nomination

Presidential candidates

Senator Hughes of New Jersey made the motion to suspend the rules and nominate Woodrow Wilson by acclamation. The motion was seconded in all parts of the house, but Robert Emmett Burke, the uninstructed delegate from Chicago, made a point of order and demanded a roll call. The point of order was not taken into account by Chairman James, who put the motion before the convention. He called for the "ayes" and there was a great shout. "Contraries," demanded Burke. Chairman James called for the "nays" and Burke voted "nay" in a loud voice. There was some hissing, but it was drowned by cheers when, at 11:54pm, Chairman James declared Woodrow Wilson nominated for president by the convention.

Presidential Nomination
Candidate Voice Vote
Pro-Wilson 1,091
Anti-Wilson 1

Presidential Nomination / 2nd Day of Convention (June 15, 1916)


Women's suffrage activists in Missouri staged a demonstration for the convention.[1] Suffragists Emily Newell Blair and Edna Gellhorn came up with the idea and organized a "walkless, talkless parade," also called the "Golden Lane."[2][3][1] Around 3,000 suffragists lined twelve blocks of Locust Street in St. Louis, wearing white dresses, "votes for women" sashes and holding yellow umbrellas.[1][4][2] Democratic delegates had to walk past the suffragists to reach the convention hall.[1][3] The demonstration was meant to represent how women were silenced by not being allowed to vote and received national attention in the press.[3][5] The Democratic delegates did decide to support women's suffrage on a state by state basis.[6]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d Cooperman, Jeannette (April 28, 2020). "St. Louis suffragists played a key role in advocating for the 19th Amendment 100 years ago". St. Louis Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Van Es 2014, p. 30.
  3. ^ a b c "Missouri and the 19th Amendment". U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft". University of Missouri. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Van Es 2014, p. 30-31.
  6. ^ O'Neil, Tim (June 7, 2016). "Events will remember suffragists who lined Locust Street in demonstration 100 years ago". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 23, 2020.


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Baltimore, Maryland
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
San Francisco, California