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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 14: Convention Chronology, 1831–2012

Edited by: Deborah Kalb


Subject: Elections

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Convention Chronology, 1831–2012
Convention chronology, 1831–2012

This chapter contains brief descriptions of all presidential nominating conventions of major U.S. political parties and excerpts from party platforms. The chronology begins in 1831, when the Anti-Masonic Party held the first nominating convention in American history, and concludes with the national conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties in 2012.

The narrative includes conventions for all parties receiving at least 2 percent of the popular vote in the presidential election. ...

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