1908 Democratic National Convention
1908 presidential election
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Bryan and Kern
Date(s)July 7–10, 1908
CityDenver, Colorado
VenueDenver Auditorium Arena
Presidential nomineeWilliam J. Bryan of Nebraska
Vice Presidential nomineeJohn W. Kern of Indiana
‹ 1904  ·  1912 ›
Bryan addresses the convention

The 1908 Democratic National Convention took place from July 7 to July 10, 1908, at Denver Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The event is widely considered a significant part of Denver's political and social history.

The Convention

The 1908 convention was the first convention of a major political party in a Western state. The city did not host another nominating convention until a century later, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The convention was the second Democratic National Convention to include female delegates.[1][2] They were Mary C.C. Bradford (Colorado) and Elizabeth Pugsley Hayward (Mrs. Henry J. Hayward) (Utah). Alternate delegates were Mrs. Charles Cook (Colorado), Harriet G. Hood (Wyoming), and Sara L. Ventress (Utah).[3]

Presidential nomination

Presidential candidates

Three names were placed in nomination: William Jennings Bryan, John A. Johnson, and George Gray. Bryan was unanimously declared the candidate for president after handily winning the first ballot's roll call.

Presidential Ballot
1st Unanimous
William J. Bryan 888.5 1002
George Gray 59.5
John A. Johnson 46
Blank 8

Vice presidential nomination

Vice presidential candidate

Withdrawn candidates


John W. Kern of Indiana was unanimously declared the candidate for vice-president without a formal ballot after the names of Charles A. Towne, Archibald McNeil, and Clark Howell were withdrawn from consideration.

Vice Presidential Ballot
John W. Kern 1002

See also


  1. ^ CNN: Think you know your Democratic convention trivia?
  2. ^ Smithsonian: Conventional Facts
  3. ^ America Comes Alive: A First For Women (1908)

External links

  • Official report of the proceedings of the Democratic national convention, held in Denver, Colorado, July 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1908
  • Democratic Party Platform of 1908 at The American Presidency Project
Preceded by
St. Louis, Missouri
Democratic National Conventions
Succeeded by
Baltimore, Maryland