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Baltimore was site of pivotal political conventions in 1800s

Baltimore was site of pivotal political conventions in 1800s

In "The First American Political Conventions: Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872," Stan M. Haynes writes that the modern presidential nominating convention evolved during the campaign of 1832. Between the fall of 1831 and the spring of 1832, three political parties met in Baltimore to select their candidates. "The first presidential nominating convention in American history was held at the Athenaeum in Baltimore, located at the southwest corner of St. Paul and Lexington streets," writes Haynes, a Semmes, Bowen & Semmes attorney who lives in Ellicott City. It was here in 1831 that the Anti-Masonic Party nominated U.S. Attorney General William Wirt of...

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