1936 Republican National Convention
The 1936 Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland’s Public Hall from June 9 – 12, 1936. As in 1924, the first time the Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, the convention was broadcast nationally via radio, and Cleveland newspapers covered the event extensively. The convention was held just weeks before another large event along Cleveland’s lakefront, the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936.
The 1936 Republican Platform was very critical of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. On June 9, Oregon Senator Frederick Stiewer gave the keynote address before an audience of over 10,000 delegates and spectators, criticizing Roosevelt’s actions and calling for change. Republicans saw the New Deal as a threat to constitutional democracy, and advocated for unemployment relief to be returned to local and state agencies.
Although he did not attend the convention, Kansas governor Alfred Landon was the top Republican presidential candidate. Landon was one of only a few Republicans to be reelected during the Great Depression, and former President Herbert Hoover gave a speech in support of Landon on June 10. On June 11, Landon was named the Republican Presidential nominee on the first ballot. He accepted the nomination via telegram. Frank Knox, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, also won approval on the first ballot to be Landon’s running mate as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.