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1868 Republican National Convention

1868 Republican National Convention
1868 Presidential Election
Grant and Colfax
Date(s) May 20-May 21
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue Crosby's Opera House
Presidential nominee Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois
Vice Presidential nominee Schuyler Colfax of Indiana

The 1868 Republican National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in Crosby's Opera House, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 20 to May 21, 1868.

General Ulysses S. Grant had emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination after being the Union commander in the Civil War. He was nominated for President unopposed on the first ballot. To balance Grant, a former Democrat and a hard drinker, the convention chose House Speaker Schuyler Colfax, a former Whig and temperance man, for Vice President. In Grant's acceptance telegram he said "Let us have peace", which captured the imagination of the American people.


  • Presidential candidates 1
    • Withdrew before convention 1.1
    • presidential balloting 1.2
  • Candidates for the vice-presidential nomination 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Presidential candidates

Withdrew before convention

presidential balloting

Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st
Ulysses S. Grant 650

Candidates for the vice-presidential nomination

Vice Presidential Ballot
Ballot 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Before Shifts 5th After Shifts
Schuyler Colfax 115 145 165 186 226 541
Benjamin Wade 147 170 178 206 207 38
Reuben E. Fenton 126 144 139 144 139 69
Henry Wilson 119 114 101 87 56 0
Andrew G. Curtin 51 45 40 0 0 0
Hannibal Hamlin 28 30 25 25 20 0
James Speed 22 0 0 0 0 0
James Harlan 16 0 0 0 0 0
John A.J. Creswell 14 0 0 0 0 0
Samuel C. Pomeroy 6 0 0 0 0 0
William D. Kelley 4 0 0 0 0 0

See also


  • Presidential election, 1868.: Proceedings of the National union Republican convention, held at Chicago, May 20 and 21, 1868./ reported by Ely, Burnham & Bartlett, Chicago, official reporters of the convention.
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