The first national political convention was held in 1831 in Baltimore, Maryland for Henry Clay. His party, the National Republicans, consisted of 155 delegates from 18 states, and they chose him unanimously. With less than a week before the Republican National Convention, we take a look at past conventions and how they have changed throughout the years.
Paul Beck, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The Ohio State University
Yoni Appelbaum, historian and Washington bureau chief at The Atlantic
Stan Haynes, author of The First American Political Conventions and President-Making in the Gilded Age