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In Chicago, the Democratic Party meets for its national nominating convention

George Brinton McClellan, Brady Image, 1862, detail
08/29/1864 to 08/31/1864
The Democratic Convention met in Chicago and nominated resigned General George Brinton McClellan, a "War Democrat" for President and "Peace Democrat" George Hunt Pendleton of Ohio for Vice-President.  The convention's platform, largely influenced by former congressman Clement Vallandigham, did call for an immediate armistice and a negotiated end to the conflict, making the coming election a clear referendum on the continuation of the war.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 189. 

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