Not even during the Reagan era would the Republican Party enjoy the dominance it had in the 1920s. The presidential election of 1924 occurred at a low point for the Democrats, but from which they would recover during the Great Depression.
The Republican National Convention took place in Cleveland that June. Calvin Coolidge, who had succeeded to the presidency when Warren Harding died, proved to be a capable administrator and was very popular. Delegates nominated the former Massachusetts Governor on the first ballot.
For second place on the ticket, President Coolidge’s choice, Idaho Senator William Borah, declined to be considered. The convention then nominated Illinois Governor Frank Lowden, but he also refused. So, the nod went to Charles Dawes. The technocratic Dawes has been Comptroller of the Currency, WWI general and Budget Director.
1924 Republican National Convention Assistant Sergeant At Arms Badge
The Democratic National Convention was gaveled to order later that month in New York City. Top contenders for the presidential nomination were New York Governor Al Smith versus Woodrow Wilson’s Treasury Secretary and son-in-law William McAdoo. With the convention soon deadlocked, delegates cast an astounding 103 ballots before a compromise candidate emerged victorious. John Davis had been a West Virginia congressman, Solicitor General and ambassador to Britain.
1924 Democratic National Convention Ticket
Reaching out to their party’s left wing, delegates nominated for vice president the younger brother of three-time presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. Charles Bryan was Governor of Nebraska.
Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette mounted a third-party campaign for the presidency.
The economy booming, most people opted to ‘Keep Cool With Coolidge’. The incumbent won 54% of the vote, with 29% for Davis 29 and 17% for La Follette. Electoral College results were Republican – 382, Democrat – 136, Progressive – 13.