First Democratic National Convention convenes in Baltimore 180 years ago (1832)


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(Monday, May 21, 1832) — The first Democratic National Convention convened today in the Athenaeum in Baltimore, Maryland, to choose a running mate for incumbent President Andrew Jackson.

The delegates nominated former Secretary of State Martin Van Buren for vice president and endorsed Jackson’s reelection.

The first ever U.S. national political convention was held by the Anti-Masonic Party in Baltimore in September 1831.

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