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Democratic Party
May 21, 1832 Democratic-Republicans hold a convention in Baltimore, nominating Andrew Jackson for President and Martin Van Buren for Vice-President. Maryland
  Election of 1832
  Andrew Jackson
  Martin Van Buren
November 6, 1832 Democratics Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren defeat National Republicans Henry Clay and John Sergeant in Jackson's last presidential race. Two other men, John Floyd Sr. and William Wirt, also garner a few electoral votes
  Election of 1832
May 20, 1835
May 22, 1835
Democrats hold their Presidential nominating convention in Baltimore more than a year before the election Maryland
  Election of 1836
November 8, 1836 Democrat Martin van Buren defeats Whigs William Henry Harrison, Hugh Lawson White, and Daniel Webster to become President
  Martin Van Buren
  Election of 1836
May 8, 1840 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore nominates Martin Van Buren for President. Maryland
  Martin Van Buren
  Election of 1840
July 4, 1840 Democrat Martin Van Buren signs the Independent Treasury Act into law
  Panic of 1837
  Martin Van Buren
November 3, 1840 William Henry Harrison (Whig) defeats Martin Van Buren (Democrat) to become President of the United States
  Election of 1840
  Martin Van Buren
May 27, 1844 The Democratic National Convention is held in Baltimore. On the ninth ballot the delegates nominate James Polk to run for President and George Dallas for Vice-President Maryland
  Election of 1844
November 5, 1844 James Polk [Democrat] defeats Henry Clay [Whig] to become President of the United States
  James Polk
  Henry Clay
  Election of 1844
May 22, 1848
May 25, 1848
In a convention in Baltimore, Maryland, Democrats nominate Lewis Cass for President and William Butler for Vice President Maryland
  Election of 1848
June 22, 1848 The "Independent Democratic Convention" is held in Utica, New York, and consists mostly of Barnburners. They nominate Martin Van Buren as candidate for President New York
  Election of 1848
November 7, 1848 Zachary Taylor (Whig) defeats Lewis Cass (Democrat) and Martin Van Buren (Freesoil) in the Presidential Election of 1848
  Zachary Taylor
  Martin Van Buren
  Election of 1848
June 1, 1852 Democratic Convention begins in Baltimore, Maryland. Four candidates, Lewis Cass, Stephen Douglas, William Marcy and James Buchanan struggle for philosophical control of the Democrat Party. On the 35th ballot the name of Franklin Pierce is added by the state of Virginia
  Stephen A. Douglas
  James Buchanan
  Election of 1852
  Franklin Pierce
June 12, 1852 On the 49th ballot, the Democratic Convention in Baltimore elects Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire Maryland
November 2, 1852 Democrats Franklin Pierce and William King defeat Whigs Winfield Scott and William Graham for President and Vice-President
  Election of 1852
  Franklin Pierce
January 24, 1854 Salmon Chase (writer) and Charles Sumner (editor) release the "Appeal of the Independent Democrats
in Congress to the People of the United States," attacking the Nebraska Act. (the appeal was written before the act was revised)
  Charles Sumner
  Salmon P. Chase
  Kansas-Nebraska Act
June 2, 1856
June 6, 1856
Democratic Convention - After 14 ballots, sitting President Franklin Pierce withdraws his name from nomination. Stephen Douglas withdraws at the end of the 16th ballot. James Buchanan is nominated by acclamation Maryland
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Election of 1856
  James Buchanan
  Franklin Pierce
November 4, 1856 Democrats James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge defeat Republicans John C. Fremont and William Dayton and American (Know-Nothing) Party candidates Millard Fillmore and Andrew Donelson
  Election of 1856
  James Buchanan
  Millard Fillmore
  John Breckinridge
  John C. Fremont
  Republican Party
December 9, 1857 Breaking with the Democrats, Stephen Douglas announces he is against the Lecompton Constitution Kansas
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Lecompton Constitution
April 23, 1860
May 3, 1860
The Democratic National Convention, meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, cannot agree on a nominee. The only thing they can agree on is to continue the debate in Baltimore the next month South Carolina
  The Election of 1860
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  1860 Democratic Party Platform
June 11, 1860 Southern delegates hold a National Democratic convention in Richmond. Party leaders urge a "wait and see" approach. Virginia
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  Richmond, Virginia
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
June 18, 1860
June 23, 1860
The Democrats reconvene in Baltimore to select a nominee, but Douglas can't make the necessary 2/3 majority until the anti-Douglas delegates leave on June 22 and the floor rules are changed to require 2/3 vote of the members present. On June 23rd the Convention nominates Stephen Douglas and Herschal V. Johnson Maryland
  The Election of 1860
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  Stephen A. Douglas
  1860 Democratic Party Platform
June 26, 1860
June 28, 1860
Southern Democrats hold a convention in Richmond where they select John C. Breckinridge as their nominee for President Virginia
  The Election of 1860
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  Richmond, Virginia
  John Breckinridge
  1860 (Southern) Democratic Party Platform
February 18, 1863 A Democrat Convention in Richmond, Kentucky, is broken up by federal authorities because some members were pro-Confederate Kentucky
August 29, 1864
August 31, 1864
Democrats nominate George B. McClellan for President and George H. Pendleton for Vice-president. Although the party platform called for an immediate end to the war McClellan advocated continuing the conflict.
  Election of 1864
  George McClellan
November 8, 1864 Republican Abraham Lincoln defeats Democrat George McClellan to serve a second term as President of the United States. Andrew Johnson, a unionist from Tennessee is his Vice President
  Abraham Lincoln
  Election of 1864
  George McClellan
  Andrew Johnson
  Republican Party
January 15, 1868 Ohio rescinds its ratification of the 14th Amendment when the Peace Democrats gain control of the legislature. The Federal government refuses to recognize the action and counts Ohio as for ratification Ohio
  14th Amendment
July 4, 1868
July 9, 1868
Democrats nominate Horatio Seymour for President and Francis P. Blair Jr. for Vice-president
  Election of 1868
July 9, 1872 Democrats nominate Horace Greeley to run for President and B. Gratz Brown to run for Vice-president
November 5, 1872 Ulysses S. Grant wins a second term as President over Democrat Horace Greeley
June 27, 1876
June 29, 1876
Reform New York governor Samuel Tilden easily won the Democratic nomination for President at the convention in St. Louis Missouri
  Election of 1876
November 7, 1876 Republican candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and William Wheeler defeat Democratic candidates Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas Hendricks, although the results will not be known until much later.
  Election of 1876
  Rutherford B. Hayes
  Republican Party
November 2, 1880 Republican James Garfield defeats Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock in the Presidential election
  Election of 1880
  Winfield Scott Hancock
  James Garfield
  Republican Party




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