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1960 Republican National Convention
1960 presidential election
Nixon and Lodge
Date(s)July 25–28, 1960
VenueInternational Amphitheatre
Presidential nomineeRichard M. Nixon of California
Vice presidential nomineeHenry C. Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts
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Highlights of 1960 Republican convention

The 1960 Republican National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 25 to July 28, 1960, at the International Amphitheatre. It was the 14th and most recent time overall that Chicago hosted the Republican National Convention, more times than any other city.

The convention nominated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for president and former Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts for vice president.

Presidential nomination

Presidential candidates

By the time the Republican convention opened, Nixon had no opponents for the nomination. The highlight of the convention was the speech by U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona removing himself from the race, in which he called on conservatives to "take back" the party. Nixon won easily, earning 1,321 votes to 10 for Goldwater.[1] At the convention, Nixon promised that he would visit every state during his campaign.[2]

Presidential Balloting
Candidate 1st
Nixon 1,321
Goldwater 10

Presidential Balloting / 3rd Day of Convention (July 27, 1960)

Vice Presidential nomination

Main article: 1960 Republican Party vice presidential candidate selection

Vice Presidential candidates

After winning the presidential nomination, Nixon considered several candidates for the vice presidential nomination. Incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower strongly supported Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.[3] Though Lodge was not viewed by Republicans as a charismatic speaker, his foreign policy experience as well as his longtime Republican Party ties as a descendant of the Lodge family made him an appealing candidate.[3]

Lodge was unpopular with the conservative wing of the party, who regarded him as a Northeastern moderate.[3] As a result of the conservatives' coolness toward Lodge, Nixon strongly considered conservative Minnesota Representative Walter Judd and U.S. Senator Thruston Morton of Kentucky, an establishment Republican who was more moderate than Judd but had a high profile as chairman of the Republican National Committee.[4]

Other candidates Nixon may have considered include:

After deciding on Lodge, Nixon participated in a closed session with party leaders, who concurred with his preference.[4] After the session, Nixon announced his choice publicly, and the convention ratified it.

Vice Presidential Balloting
Candidate 1st
Lodge 1,330
Not Voting 1

Vice Presidential Balloting / 4th Day of Convention (July 28, 1960)

General election

The Nixon-Lodge ticket lost the 1960 election to the Democratic ticket of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

See also


  1. ^ "History Files - Parades, Protests and Politics". Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. ^ "Richard Nixon: Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in Chicago".
  3. ^ a b c Donaldson, Gary (2007). The First Modern Campaign: Kennedy, Nixon, and the Election of 1960. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780742548008. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Pietrusza, David (2008). 1960: LBJ Vs. JFK Vs. Nixon : the Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies. Sterling Publishing Company. pp. 225–230. ISBN 9781402761140. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
Preceded by
San Francisco, California
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Daly City, California