|1884 presidential election|
Cleveland and Hendricks
|Date(s)||July 8–11, 1884|
|Presidential nominee||Grover Cleveland of New York|
|Vice presidential nominee||Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana|
In 1884, the Democrats gathered in Chicago for their National Convention. The Democrats made Governor Grover Cleveland of New York their presidential nominee with the former Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana as the vice presidential nominee.
The leading candidate for the presidential nomination was New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Cleveland's reputation for good government made him a national figure. The Republican Party nominated James G. Blaine for president in 1884, although he had been implicated in a financial scandal. Many influential Republicans were outraged, thought the time had come for a national reform administration and withdrew from the convention. These Republicans are called mugwumps, and declared that they would vote for the Democratic candidate based on his integrity.
Thomas A. Hendricks professed that he was not a candidate for the presidential nomination. When a delegate from Illinois cast the only vote he received on the first ballot, Hendricks rose to ask this vote be withdrawn because it "wrongly" placed him before the convention. Nonetheless, Hendricks made an impressive showing on the second ballot but it was not enough to prevent the nomination of Cleveland.
|Ballot||1st||2nd Before Shifts||2nd After Shifts|
|Thomas F. Bayard||170||151.5||81.5|
|Thomas A. Hendricks||1||123.5||45.5|
|Allen G. Thurman||88||60||4|
|Samuel J. Randall||78||5||4|
|Joseph E. McDonald||56||2||2|
|John G. Carlisle||27||0||0|
|Roswell P. Flower||4||0||0|
|Samuel J. Tilden||1||2||0|
Vice Presidential nomination
Hendricks, who was the 1876 Democratic vice presidential nominee, was offered the 1884 nomination and accepted.
Vice Presidential candidate
Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana was overwhelming nominated as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate after the names of John C. Black, George W. Glick, Joseph E. McDonald, and William Rosecrans were withdrawn from consideration.
|Vice Presidential Ballot|
|Thomas A. Hendricks||816|
- Grover Cleveland Presidential campaign, 1884
- History of the United States Democratic Party
- U.S. presidential nomination convention
- 1884 Republican National Convention
- List of Democratic National Conventions
- 1884 United States presidential election
- Edward B. Dickinson (ed.), Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention Held in Chicago, Ill., July 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 1884. New York: Douglas Taylor's Democratic Printing House, n.d. .
- Nevins, Allan. Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage (1932) online.
- Chester, Edward W A guide to political platforms (1977) pp 109–114 online
- Democratic Party Platform of 1884 at The American Presidency Project
|Democratic National Conventions||Succeeded by|
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