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Catalog Number 13165-1
Title Ticket to the 1896 Democratic National Convention
Object Name Ticket
Description This is a ticket to a democratic national convention. The front of the ticket has a white border and the background of the ticket is a very detailed white and pale blue design. On the left top of the ticket there is a waving American flag on a pole surrounded by branches with leaves and berries on them. Next to the flag the words "DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION." appear in block letters and are surrounded by a decorative black and white swirly border. Below this written in Old English is, "Chicago, July 7th 1896". Below there is a copied signature of W.F. Harrity and the title, "CHAIRMAN DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE." printed below the signature. In the bottom left hand corner "SECTION D" is printed. In the bottom left hand border printed in red is, "COLISEUM-63RD STREET ENTRANCE." and in smaller black letters on the left side it says,"AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y." The back of the ticket is blank, but stapled to it are three tabs. The first is pink. It says, "1896" "DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION" "Fifth Session" "Not good if detached" and a large number "5" is printed on the side. The second tab is yellow. It says, "1896" "DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION" "Sixth Session" "Not good if detached" and a large number "6" is printed on the side. The third tab is blue. It says, "1896" "DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION" "Seventh Session" "Not good if detached" and a large number "7" is printed on the side.
Date 1896
Material Paper, Ink
Made American Bank Note Co. N. Y.
Place of Origin USA: New York, New York
Height (in) 2.75
Width (in) 4.688
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Event Democratic National Convention
History Democratic National Convention
Chicago, IL July 7, 1896
Chicago Coliseum
Nominated:William J Bryan, of Florida for President
Nominated: Arthur Sewall, of Maine for Vice President
The democratic convention of 1896 took place against the background of an economic depression. When the convention opened Senator David Hill of New York who had been an opponent of Clevelands nomination- entered a resolution that commended " the honesty, economy, courage and fidelity of the present Democratic National Administration". The resolution was defeated 564-357
One of the major policies of Cleveland that was unpopular was his support of the Gold Standard. Many in the party opposed the gold standard wanted it changed to include using silver as part of the currency. Leading the charge for what was called free silver was Senator Pitchfork Ben Tillman. During the debate over the platform William Jennings Bryan a two term congressman from Nebraska gave a stirring speech in support of Free Silver. In it he stated " Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold".Byran brought down the house. The convention quickly adopted a platform in favor of free silver. When it came time to nominate a President Bryan was selected by the third ballot.
Credit line Beth H. Smith, Papillion, Nebraska
Collection Smith, Beth H.