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1920 Democratic National Convention
"1920 presidential election
""James M. Cox 1920 (3x4).jpg ""Roosevelt20 (3x4).jpg
Cox and Roosevelt
Date(s) June 28 – July 6, 1920
City "San Francisco, "California
Venue "Civic Auditorium
Presidential nominee "James M. Cox of "Ohio
Vice Presidential nominee "Franklin D. Roosevelt of "New York
‹ "1916  ·  "1924

The 1920 "Democratic National Convention was held at the "Civic Auditorium in "San Francisco, California from June 28 to July 6, 1920. It resulted in the nomination of "Governor "James M. Cox of "Ohio for "President and Assistant Secretary of the Navy "Franklin D. Roosevelt from "New York for "Vice President.

Neither President "Woodrow Wilson, in spite of his failing health, nor former "Secretary of State and three-time presidential candidate "William Jennings Bryan had entirely given up hope that their party would turn to them, but neither was, in the event, formally nominated. In addition to the eventual nominee, Cox, the other high-scoring candidates as the voting proceeded were: "Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo and "Attorney General Mitchell Palmer. On the forty-fourth ballot, Governor "James M. Cox of Ohio was nominated for the Presidency.[1] "Cora Wilson Stewart of Kentucky, head of the National Education Association's new illiteracy commission, was chosen to second the nomination for Governor Cox.[2] Mrs. Stewart was selected to replace Kentucky Congressman "J. Campbell Cantrill, highlighting the candidate's support for what would become the "19th Amendment.[3]

The platform adopted by the convention supported the "League of Nations, albeit with qualifications, and "women's suffrage.


Democratic candidates[edit]

A guest ticket purchased for June 28 of the Democratic National Convention in "San Francisco.

Although "William Gibbs McAdoo (Wilson's son-in-law and former Treasury Secretary) was the strongest candidate, Wilson blocked his nomination in hopes a deadlocked convention would demand that he run for a third term, even though he was seriously ill, physically immobile, and in seclusion at the time. The Democrats, meeting in "San Francisco between June 28 and July 6 (the first time a major party held its "nominating convention in an urban center on the Pacific coast), nominated another newspaper editor from Ohio, Governor "James M. Cox, as their presidential candidate, and 38-year-old Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, a fifth cousin of the late president Theodore Roosevelt, for vice-president.

Fourteen names were placed in nomination. Early favorites for the nomination had included McAdoo and Attorney General "Alexander Mitchell Palmer. Others placed in nomination included New York Governor "Al Smith, United Kingdom Ambassador "John W. Davis, New Jersey Governor "Edward I. Edwards, and Oklahoma Senator "Robert Latham Owen.

History was made at the convention when "Laura Clay, a delegate from "Kentucky and co-founder of the "Kentucky Equal Rights Association and the Democratic Women's Club of Kentucky, became the first woman to have her name placed into nomination for President at the convention of a major political party.[4] She was also the first woman to receive a convention delegation's vote for the presidency.[5]


Vice presidential nomination[edit]

It seemed that this was going to be a free for all too, but Cox had asked the delegates to support former Assistant Navy Secretary "Franklin D. Roosevelt, because, as some thought, he had a "magic name." FDR was nominated by voice vote and received the nomination by acclamation.[7] After it became clear that Roosevelt was the choice of party leaders, former Ambassador "David R. Francis of Missouri, Major General "Lawrence Tyson of Tennessee, Governor "Sam V. Stewart of Montana, former Governor "James H. Hawley of Idaho, former "FTC Chairman Joseph Davies of Wisconsin, T.T. Vaughan of Oregon, and oil tycoon "Edward L. Doheny of California all withdrew their candidacies.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pietrusza, David (2007). 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents. New York: Carroll and Graf. "ISBN "978-0-7867-1622-7. 
  2. ^ Baldwin, Yvonne Honeycutt (2006). Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky's Moonlight Schools: Fighting for Literacy in America. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. p. 127. 
  3. ^ Nelms, Willie (1997). Cora Wilson Stewart: Crusader Against Illiteracy. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 102. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Eblen, Tom (14 July 2017). "Meet the Kentuckians who led the fight for women's rights a century ago". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "First Woman to Get Vote for President - Laura Clay". Chicago Tribune. 26 July 1920. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  6. ^ http://partners.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/200703convention-dem-ra.html Accessed: April 23, 2016
  7. ^ Staff writer(s) (July 6, 1920). "Roosevelt Given Second Place; Convention Ends". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, CA. Retrieved February 26, 2015 – via "Newspapers.com.  "open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Democratic Ticket is Cox and Roosevelt; New Yorker Unopposed as Running Mate; Bryan is Sad, But Other Leaders Rejoice". New York Times. 7 July 1920. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 

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