1876 Republican National Convention

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The 1876 Republican National Convention was a presidential nominating convention held at Exposition Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, from June 14 to June 16, 1876. The convention resulted in the nomination of Rutherford B. Hayes for President and William A. Wheeler for Vice President.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1876 convention was held during a period of significant political and social change in the United States. The country was still recovering from the effects of the American Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction era. The Republican Party was seeking to maintain its dominance in national politics, having held the presidency since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Candidates[edit | edit source]

Several prominent Republicans were considered for the presidential nomination, including:

After seven ballots, Rutherford B. Hayes emerged as the nominee, largely due to his reputation for honesty and reform.

Vice Presidential Nomination[edit | edit source]

The vice presidential nomination was less contested. William A. Wheeler of New York was chosen on the first ballot. Wheeler was a relatively obscure figure, but he was respected for his integrity and legislative experience.

Platform[edit | edit source]

The platform adopted by the convention emphasized the following key points:

Convention Highlights[edit | edit source]

The 1876 convention was notable for its intense political maneuvering and the presence of many influential party leaders. The selection of Hayes was seen as a compromise, as he was not the first choice of many delegates but was acceptable to a broad coalition within the party.

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