President Harry S. Truman at Union Station in Washington D.C. after returning from a campaign tour. 10/2/48.
In 1948, Truman’s opponent was Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey, governor of New York. Conventional wisdom held that Dewey would win; the Republicans gained seats in the Senate and House in the 1946 elections, and voters’ feelings on Truman seemed lukewarm at best. Read more
This image is from an original slide sent by Lige Stewart of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
-from the Truman Library
Incumbents at the Conventions
1984 Republican National Convention - President Ronald Reagan gives his acceptance speech in Dallas, Texas. 8/23/84.
1996 Democratic National Convention - President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore wave to the crowd in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center. 8/29/96.
1964 Democratic National Convention
Wide shot of the interior of the DNC Convention Hall looking toward the speaker’s platform. Delegates gathered on the floor and observers in the balconies. Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 24-28, 1964.
-from the LBJ Library
Today in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was nominated by the Democratic party for an unprecedented third term as President. Roosevelt was nominated for his record forth term on July 20, 1944.
Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt addressing the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. July 18, 1940
-from the FDR Library
Indeed, no matter how your vote, be sure you vote.
"A Chicken for Every Pot"
This is the advertisement that caused Herbert Hoover’s opponents to state that he had promised voters a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage during the campaign of 1928. Hoover did not actually make the statement; the report was based on this ad.
-from the Hoover Library
Here’s something we’re not used to seeing - Abraham Lincoln without the iconic beard. It’s another presidential campaign medallion, intended to be sewn to a lapel through the hole at the top.
This medallion is from the 1860 presidential election. The front displays a portrait of Lincoln; the back shows vice presidential candidate, Hannibal Hamlin.
Shortly after winning the presidency, Lincoln began to grow his beard.
President Lincoln would approve the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in the US on this day, February 1, 1865.