Republicans nominate McKinnley-Hobart ticket 120 years ago today (June 18 1896)

(Thursday, June 18, 1896) — Former Governor William McKinley of Ohio was nominated president this afternoon at the 1896 Republican National Convention meeting at St. Louis City Hall in St. Louis.

McKinley was nominated on the first ballot with 661½ votes to 84½ votes for House Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed of Maine.

Former State Senator Garret A. Hobart of New Jersey was nominated for Vice President over former Congressman Henry Clay Evans of Tennessee 523½ to 287½ votes.

The McKinley-Hobart ticket would oppose Democrats William Jennings Bryan and Arthur Sewall in the United States presidential election, 1896.

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