Charleston Democratic Party 1860 Convention Vote

gentlemanrob

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Democratic Party Candidates who got votes at the 1860 Charleston Convention:
Convention held: April 23 - 28, 30 and May 1 - 3 at The Hall of the South Carolina Institute Charleston South Carolina

No Nomination was made.

Stephen Arnold Douglas (Illinois) 1813 – 1861
Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (Virginia) 1809 – 1887
James Guthrie (Kentucky) 1792 – 1869
Andrew Johnson (Tennessee) 1808 – 1875
Daniel Stevens Dickinson (New York) 1800 – 1866
Joseph Lane (Oregon) 1801 – 1881
Isaac Toucey (Connecticut) 1792 – 1869
Jefferson Davis (Mississippi) 1808 – 1889
Franklin Pierce (New Hampshire) 1804 – 1869

Source: Presidential Fact Book by Author Joseph Nathan Kane
 
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Joshism

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No votes for Breckinridge? That seems surprising. How did he go from not in the running at Charleston to winning at Baltimore?

Was there any clear second choice at Charleston, in terms of votes, after Douglas?
 

uaskme

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Douglas got 12% of the Electoral College vote. So, looks like about anyone would of been better.

Seward and Douglas were the pre chosen candidates. Neither survived.

Douglas considered switching to the Republican Party. He did Campaign for Lincoln. He lost all the Anti/Slavery vote to Lincoln. Popular Sovereignty was thought as a half measure. Wasn’t popular in the North or South. Douglas took the Me or Nobody approach. In the end, it made no difference.
 
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No votes for Breckinridge? That seems surprising. How did he go from not in the running at Charleston to winning at Baltimore?

Was there any clear second choice at Charleston, in terms of votes, after Douglas?
The delegates from the deep south states walked out of the convention over the platform. Fire eaters tried to make it extremely pro-slavery and lost.

It was ruled that Douglas needed a majority of the overall delegates; not just the ones left. He could not muster 80% of remaining delegates even after 57 ballots. Tennessee voted for favorite son (Andy Johnson) and Kentucky supported its favorite son (Guthrie). Other candidates received a smattering of votes including delegate Ben Butler of Mass giving Jeff Davis his only vote at this convention. When the process failed the delegates all reconvened in Baltimore where a number of southern delegates staged another walk out over credential votes. The convention eventually nominated Douglas and Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama for vice president. Fitzpatrick later declined the VP nomination and Douglas selected Herschel Johnson of Georgia as a running mate.

It may have been the aim of the fire eaters who engineered the walkout in Charleston to insure a Republican victory in order to make secession viable in the deep South. Anyway, that's how it worked out......
 
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