From 1940’s controversial nomination of Wendell Willkie and 1952’s bitter feud between Dwight Eisenhower and Robert A. Taft to Alf Landon’s ill-fated acceptance in 1936 and Ronald Reagan’s plea for unity in 1968, here’s a glimpse at some of the most consequential and memorable Republican National Conventions.
This drawing depicts the scene outside of Philadelphia’s Musical Fund Hall, where the Republican Party held its first convention on June 17, 1856. The Republican Party nominated Gen. John Fremont, a Mexican War veteran. James Buchanan, the Democratic candidate, later won in the general election. Bettman Archive via AP Buy Photo