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2. Who was the first person to ever turn down a vice presidential nomination at a convention?

In 1844, the Democrats were sharply divided over several candidates, including Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan. They ended up selecting a dark horse – James Polk. Silas Wright was nominated to be his running mate but turned down the post because he was a backer of Van Buren.

In 1844, the Democrats were sharply divided over several candidates, including Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan. They ended up selecting a dark horse – James Polk. Silas Wright was nominated to be his running mate but turned down the post because he was a backer of Van Buren.

In 1844, the Democrats were sharply divided over several candidates, including Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan. They ended up selecting a dark horse – James Polk. Silas Wright was nominated to be his running mate but turned down the post because he was a backer of Van Buren.

In 1844, the Democrats were sharply divided over several candidates, including Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan. They ended up selecting a dark horse – James Polk. Silas Wright was nominated to be his running mate but turned down the post because he was a backer of Van Buren.

Mary Knox Merrill / The Christian Science Monitor
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Silas Wright

 

Martin Van Buren

 

Henry Clay

 

William Howard Taft

 
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