1928 Democratic National Convention
1928 presidential election
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Smith and Robinson
Date(s)June 26–28, 1928
CityHouston, Texas
VenueSam Houston Hall
Presidential nomineeAlfred E. Smith of New York
Vice presidential nomineeJoseph T. Robinson of Arkansas
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Photograph of the convention
Photograph of the convention

The 1928 Democratic National Convention was held at Sam Houston Hall in Houston, Texas, June 26–28, 1928. Keynote speaker was Claude G. Bowers. The convention[1] resulted in the nomination of Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York for president and Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas for vice president.

The convention was the first held by either party in the South since the Civil War. It was also the first to nominate a Roman Catholic for president, Al Smith. The Texas delegation, led by Governor Dan Moody, was vehemently opposed to Smith. Therefore, when Smith was nominated, they rallied against his anti-prohibition sentiment by fighting for a "dry", prohibitionist platform. Ultimately, the convention pledged "honest enforcement of the Constitution".

Smith became the first Democrat since Reconstruction to lose more than one southern state in the general election, due to his "wet" stance, his opposition to the Ku Klux Klan[citation needed], and his Catholicism.

Candidates for the nomination before and during the convention

Presidential Balloting, DNC 1928
First ballot before shifts after shifts
Gov. Al Smith 724.67 849.17
Sen. Walter F. George 52.5 52.5
Sen. James A. Reed 48 52
Rep. Cordell Hull 71.83 50.83
Jesse H. Jones 43 43
Judge Richard C. Watts 18 18
Sen. Pat Harrison 20 8.5
Evans Woollen 32 7
Gov. A. Victor Donahey 5 5
Rep. William A. Ayres 20 3
Former Sen. Atlee Pomerene 47 3
Former Sen. Gilbert M. Hitchcock 16 2
Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo - 1

Candidates for the vice presidential nomination

Joseph T. Robinson was chosen as the vice presidential nominee. Among the candidates for nomination were:

See also


  1. ^ "The 1928 Democratic Convention". Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Warn, WA (June 29, 1928). "Smith Wins Nomination on First Ballot With 849 2/3 Votes After States Shift to Him; Platform With a Dry Plank Is Adopted". New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
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