Conventional Facts

Conventional Facts

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Longest convention: 17 days, 1924 (Democratic)

Convention held twice: The 1860 Democratic national convention in Charleston, SC, adjourned in May and reconvened in June in Baltimore, MD

First first lady to address a national political convention: Eleanor Roosevelt, at the 1940 Democratic convention

First woman to seek a major party's nomination for president: Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, 1964 Republican convention

First African-American woman to seek a major political party's nomination for president: Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm of New York, 1972 Democratic convention

First African-American and first woman to deliver a major party's keynote address: Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Texas, 1976 Democratic convention

Number of national political conventions held west of the Mississippi: 19

First convention held west of the Rocky Mountains: 1920 Democratic national convention in San Francisco

City that has hosted the most national political conventions: Chicago (11 Democratic and 14 Republican)

Duration of Bill Clinton's nominating speech for Governor Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic convention: 32 minutes


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