1944 Democratic National Convention

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1944 Democratic National Convention

1944 presidential election

Roosevelt and Truman


July 19–21, 1944

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stadium


Presidential nominee
Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York

Vice Presidential nominee
Harry S. Truman of Missouri


Total delegates

Votes needed for nomination
589 (majority)

Results (President)
Roosevelt (NY): 1,086 (92.35%)
Byrd (VA): 89 (7.56%)
Farley: 1 (0.09%)

Results (Vice President)
Truman (MO): 1,031 (87.67%)
Wallace (IA): 105 (8.93%)
Cooper (TN): 26 (2.21%)
Barkley (KY): 6 (0.51%)
Others: 7 (0.6%)

‹ 1940  ·  1948 ›

The 1944 Democratic National Convention was held at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois from July 19 to July 21, 1944. The convention resulted in the nomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented fourth term. Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri was nominated for Vice President. Including Roosevelt’s nomination for the vice-presidency in 1920, it was the fifth time Roosevelt had been nominated on a national ticket. The keynote address was given by Governor Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma, in which he “gave tribute to Roosevelt’s war leadership and new deal policies.”[1]


1 Presidential candidates

1.1 Candidates gallery

2 Balloting
3 The vice-presidential nomination
4 In popular culture
5 References

5.1 Bibliograohy

6 External links

Presidential candidates[edit]
Candidates gallery[edit]

Harry F. Byrd
of Virginia
(Did not actively run)

Unlike the previous convention, President Roosevelt faced no serious opposition for a fourth term, with the country’s active involvement in World War II and the consequent need for stable leadership considered a more pressing issue than any concerns about his remaining in office. Several Southern delegates who were opposed to Roosevelt’s racial policies tried to draft Virginia senator Harry F. Byrd to run for the Presidential nomination, but Byrd decided against actively campaigning against the President. In the end, Byrd did win more delegates than any of the candidates who had tried to run against Roosevelt four years prior, but this still fell far sho