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1928 Democratic National Convention

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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
1924  ·  1932

The 1928 Democratic National Convention was held at Sam Houston Hall in Houston, Texas, June 26–28, 1928. The convention 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, and his Catholicism.

Candidates for the nomination before and during the convention

Presidential Balloting, DNC 1928
First ballot before shifts after shifts
Gov. Al Smith724.67849.17
Sen. Walter F. George52.552.5
Sen. James A. Reed4852
Rep. Cordell Hull71.8350.83
Jesse H. Jones4343
Judge Richard C. Watts1818
Sen. Pat Harrison208.5
Evans Woollen327
Gov. A. Victor Donahey55
Rep. William A. Ayres203
Former Sen. Atlee Pomerene473
Former Sen. Gilbert M. Hitchcock162
Del. Houston Thompson22
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


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Preceded by
New York, New York
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
Chicago, Illinois
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