1832 Democratic National Convention

1832 Democratic National Convention

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The 1832 Democratic National Convention was held from 21–23 May, in Baltimore, Maryland. This was the first national convention of the Democratic Party of the United States; it followed presidential nominating conventions held by the Anti-Masonic Party (September 1831) and the National Republican Party (December 1831). The purpose of the convention was to choose a running mate for incumbent President Andrew Jackson. The delegates nominated former Secretary of State Martin Van Buren for Vice President and endorsed Jackson's reelection.

Background

In the Summer of 1822, "Richmond Junto" leader Thomas Ritchie of Virginia began raising the idea of a national convention to resolve the issue of nomination; ultimately, the Congressional nominating caucus was appealed to by the devotees of Treasury Secretary William H. Crawford's candidacy. Following that defeat in the election of 1824, early in 1827, Van Buren privately made the argument to Ritchie for an exclusive national convention of Republicans to ensure Jackson's nomination. However, it did not immediately come to fruition while state conventions and legislatures took up Jackson as their presidential candidate for the election of 1828 with Vice President John C. Calhoun as his running mate. Such a type of national convention would occur after the election.

In 1830, Calhoun had fallen out of President Jackson's favor in part from a...
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