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In Philadelphia, Democrats and conservatives gather for the National Union Convention.

The National Union Convention, Philadelphia, August 14, 1866, artist's impression, detail.
08/14/1866 to 08/16/1866

In an effort to garner electoral support for President Andrew Johnson's policies towards the defeated South in the upcoming mid-term elections, Democrats and invited "moderates" assembled in Philadelphia in the "National Union Convention."  In a specially constructed building on Girard Street, the convention opened dramatically when Massachusetts governor Darius Crouch and South Carolina governor James Lawrence Ord entering the chamber arm-in-arm.  The "Arm-in Arm Convention" built morale for the restoration of the Democratic Party but did little to blunt Republican success in the November elections.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 756.
National Union Executive Committee, Proceedings of the National Union Convention held in Philadelphia, August 14, 1866 (Philadelphia, PA: National Union Committee, 1866), 1.

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