The City of Brotherly Love hosted three presidential nominating conventions in 1948, as television first affected the national meetings, which were held in sweltering heat amid controversy.
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Back on this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect, ending indirect elections to the U.S. Senate. To this day, some folks want that amendment repealed on the theory it curtails states’ rights as envisioned by the Founders.
On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.
Philadelphia hosted two very different national political conventions in the FDR era that reshaped the Democratic Party and saw the surprise GOP nomination of Wendell Willkie.
On May 18, 1860, former Congressman Abraham Lincoln upset the Republican front runner, William Seward, at the party’s second convention in Chicago, setting in motion the eventual regional split that became the Civil War.