1864 Republican National Convention
1864 Presidential Election
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Nominees Lincoln and Johnson
Convention
Date(s) National Union
June 7-June 8, 1864
City Baltimore, Maryland
Front Street Theatre
Independent Republican
May 31, 1864 in Cleveland, Ohio
Candidates
Presidential Nominee Abraham Lincoln of Illinois
(National Union)
John C. Frémont of California
(Independent Republican)
Vice Presidential Nominee Andrew Johnson of Tennessee
(National Union)
John Cochrane of New York
(Independent Republican)
‹ 1860  ·  1868 ›

There were two rival Republican conventions in 1864. The first was by a group of radicals upset with Lincoln's position on the issues of slavery and post-war reconciliation with the southern states. They met in Cleveland, Ohio and nominated John C. Frémont for the Presidency on May 31, 1864, adopting the name Radical Democracy Party.[1] This 1864 frisson in the Republican Party divided the party into two factions: the anti-Lincoln Radical Republicans, who nominated Frémont, and the pro-Lincoln Republicans. Frémont abandoned his political campaign in September 1864, after he brokered a political deal in which Lincoln removed U.S. Postmaster General Montgomery Blair from office.

The 1864 National Union Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 7 to June 8, 1864. It renominated the incumbent Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, and nominated War Democrat Military Governor Andrew Johnson of Tennessee for the vice presidency. The ticket was successful in the election of 1864.

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