The National Democratic Party
or Gold Democrats
was a short-lived political party of Bourbon Democrats
, who opposed the regular party nominee William Jennings Bryan
. Most members were admirers of Grover Cleveland
. They considered Bryan a dangerous man and charged that his "free silver
" proposals would devastate the economy. They nominated the conservative Democratic politicians John M. Palmer
, a former Republican governor of Illinois
general, and Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.
, a former governor of Kentucky
general, for President and Vice President, respectively. They also ran a few candidates for Congress
and other offices including William Breckinridge
The founders were disenchanted Democrats who saw it as a means to preserve the ideals of Thomas Jefferson
and Grover Cleveland
. In its first official statement, the executive committee of the party accused the Democratic Party of forsaking this tradition by nominating Bryan.
For more than a century, it declared, the Democrats had believed "in the ability of every individual, unassisted, if unfettered by law, to achieve his own happiness" and had upheld his "right and opportunity peaceably to pursue whatever course of conduct he would, provided such conduct deprived no other individual of the equal enjoyment of the same right and opportunity. stood for freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of trade, and freedom of contract, all of which are... Read More