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Convention Hall
Convention Hall
TitleConvention Hall
DescriptionPostcard of Kansas City's Convention Hall
Historical ArticleConvention Hall housed the national Democratic convention in 1900 when William Jennings Bryan was nominated for President and Adlai Ewing Stevenson for vice-president.

Stevenson was the proud grandfather of a 5-month-old boy, his namesake, who half a century later would be nominated twice by the Democratic party for the presidency of his country. Today his great grandson, Adlai Stevenson III, is a U.S. senator for Illinois.

Convention Hall was built in 90 days when its predecessor burned on April 4, 1900. With the Democrats scheduled to meet there July 4, pledges of $20,000 toward rebuilding were made while the fire raged. It was called Kansas City's finest hour when the hall was ready in time for the convention.

Horse-drawn cabs, such as those in the picture, lined up in front of the hall to carry delegates to their hotels and to the old Union Depot in the West Bottoms. The Baltimore Hotel, Democratic Headquarters, is gone now, as is the old depot and the old Convention Hall.

The post card, printed in color in Germany, was mailed in 1908 with a one cent green postage stamp from Bessie Burke in Independence to Mrs. Joe Baker, Liberty.

Kansas City Star
December 7, 1974
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectBuildings
Convention Hall (second)
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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