Cox Nominated

 

One could forgive a participant in the Democratic National Convention a century ago of wondering if the party were ever going to nominate a candidate.  On the first ballot the 24 men received votes.  William Gibbs McAdoo was in first place with 266 votes.  A. Mitchell Palmer came in second with 256 votes. James Cox came in third with 134 votes.

McAdoo probably would have got the nomination but for the fact that his father-in-law, President Wilson, still incapacitated from his strokes, and broadly unpopular around the nation, hoped that a deadlocked convention would turn to him and nominate him for an unprecedented third term.  Wilson therefore mustered his waning political influence to cause a stalemate at the Convention.,  On the 39th ballot Palmer’s support collapsed and on the 44th ballot Cox took the nomination with 699.50 votes.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt got nominated largely because of his last name, a testament to the impact his wife’s late uncle Theodore Roosevelt had made upon the nation, Democrats hoping to capture some of the supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose run for the Presidency in 1912.  Roosevelt would prove himself to be a vigorous campaigner during the contest in the Fall.