Patronage Influence in Nominating Conventions

Archive Report

The defeat of President Arthur in the Republican National Convention of 1884 is the only instance since the Civil War in which a President of the United States, working to succeed himself in office, has been deprived of his party's presidential nomination. Two former Presidents Grant and Roosevelt were rejected, however, as candidates for renomination after each had served two terms and spent one term out of office.

Cleveland and Wilson, the only Democrats elected to the presidency since before the Civil War, both were renominated without opposition during their first terms in the White House. The third nomination of Cleveland in 1892, after his defeat by Harrison in 1888, is the only case in which a former President has again been chosen as his ...

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