Just in time for the 2016 presidential campaign, Semmes principal Stan M. Haynes has authored a second book on the history of presidential nominating conventions. Published by McFarland & Company in November 2015, President-Making in the Gilded Age: The Nominating Conventions of 1876-1900, analyzes the conventions of the two major parties, and of third parties, from the end of Reconstruction until the beginning of the twentieth century. The leading politicians of the era for the Republicans were James Blaine of Maine and William McKinley of Ohio. For the Democrats, they were Samuel Tilden and Grover Cleveland, both of New York, and William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska. The book analyzes the pageantry, drama, speeches, platforms, and deal-making of the conventions during the Gilded Age, debunking many widely held beliefs about a much-maligned era.
Haynes’ prior book, The First American Political Conventions: Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872, was published in 2012.
For more information about the books, go to www.americanpoliticalconventions.com.