Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
1928 Democratic National Convention
Due to the efforts of businessman Jesse H. Jones, the Democratic National Committee chose Houston as the site of the 1928 Democratic National Convention. Located on this site, the 20,000-seat Sam Houston Hall was completed in 64 days at a cost of $200,000.
The convention met from June 26 to 29. Major issues addressed included the enforcement of prohibition and the plight of America's farmers. One senator remarked that the 1928 delegates constituted the most disorderly crowd he had ever seen.
On June 28 New York Governor Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944) was nominated for president on the first ballot. An anti-prohibitionist, Smith was the first Roman Catholic to be nominated for the U.S. Presidency by a major political party. Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson, a Southerner and supporter of prohibition, received the nomination for vice president on June 29. Smith, who did not attend the convention, later read a formal acceptance speech in Albany, New York.
On November 6, Republican candidate Herbert Hoover won the national election by a wide margin. Though Alfred E. Smith had been nominated for the nation's
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10648.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list.
Location. 29° 45.719′ N, 95° 22.148′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Rusk Street and Bagby Street, on the right when traveling east on Rusk Street. Marker is located on the northeast side of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, facing Rusk Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Bagby Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the National Women's Conference (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas William House (about 400 feet away); Houston City, Republic of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sam Houston Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Julia Ideson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ancient Order of Pilgrims (approx. ¼ mile away); Sons of the Republic of Texas (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . Democratic National Convention of 1928 - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on October 31, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.)
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