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.
Kennedy Kicks off Campaign in New Hampshire
With the upcoming New Hampshire Primary, the Kennedy Library dug up some of JFK’s NH campaign schedules and progress reports from 1960. New Hampshire was JFK’s first stop after launching his presidential campaign – 52 years ago.
See what they found here.
Republican presidential candidates have gathered in the Hawkeye State today for the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. For Jimmy Carter, the 1976 Iowa Caucus propelled his campaign into the national spotlight.
Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter began his presidential bid as an unknown, referred to by the press as “Jimmy Who?” The campaign was organized by amateurs and the Carter family traveled the country speaking at rallies, shopping centers, and factories. Backing them was the “Peanut Brigade,” Georgia volunteers who worked in every caucus and primary.
At the 1976 Iowa Caucus, Jimmy Carter captured national media attention by winning the most votes for a candidate. The victory in Iowa introduced his campaign to a larger audience and made Carter the Democratic party’s leading vote-getter.
Pictured here, Jimmy Carter during a campaign rally, 1976. From the Carter Library.