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Presidential Nomination
Acceptance Speeches and Letters

1880 - 2016

Democratic Party     Democratic Party
Nominee Date Location Length

did nominee win state hosting convention?

in time in words
Hillary Clinton July 28, 2016 Philadelphia, PA TBD TBD TBD
Barack Obama September 6, 2012 Charlotte, NC 39:03 4474  no Video
Barack Obama August 28, 2008 Denver, CO 41:40 4652  yes Video
John F. Kerry July 29, 2004 Boston, MA 45:26 5166  yes Video
Albert Gore, Jr. August 17, 2000 Los Angeles, CA 50:20 5755  yes Video
William J. Clinton August 29, 1996 Chicago, IL 1:06:22 6997  yes Video
William J. Clinton July 16, 1992 New York, NY 53:02 4435  yes Video
Michael Dukakis July 21, 1988 Atlanta, GA 46:25 3316  no
Walter F. Mondale July 19, 1984 San Francisco, CA 32:45 2418  no
Jimmy Carter August 14, 1980 New York, NY 51:07 4655  no
Jimmy Carter July 15, 1976 New York, NY 39:15 2932  no
George McGovern July 14, 1972 Miami Beach, FL 30:23 2600  no Video
Hubert H. Humphrey August 29, 1968 Chicago, IL 36:33 3839  no Video
Lyndon B. Johnson August 27, 1964 Atlantic City, NJ 37:30 2297  yes
John F. Kennedy July 15, 1960 Los Angeles, CA 21:31 2560  no Video
Adlai Stevenson August 17, 1956 Chicago, IL 36:42 3045  no
Adlai Stevenson July 26, 1952 Chicago, IL 15:55 1723  no
Harry S. Truman July 15, 1948 Philadelphia, PA 24:06 2688  no
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 20, 1944 Chicago, IL nd 1769  yes
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 19, 1940 Chicago, IL nd 3525  yes
Franklin D. Roosevelt June 27, 1936 Philadelphia, PA nd 1998  yes
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 2, 1932 Chicago, IL nd 4309  yes
Al Smith August 22, 1928 Albany, NY * nd 8302 no
Woodrow Wilson September 2, 1916 Sea Girt, NJ * nd 5522 yes
Democratic Party     Republican Party
Nominee Date Location Length

did nominee win state hosting convention?

in time in words
Donald J. Trump July 21, 2016 Cleveland, OH 1:14:40 5092 TBD Video
Mitt Romney August 30, 2012 Tampa, FL 37:19 4087  no Video
John McCain September 4th, 2008 Saint Paul, MN 48:57 4340  no Video
George W. Bush September 2nd, 2004 New York, NY 1:02:07 5011  no
George W. Bush August 3rd, 2000 Philadelphia, PA 52:10 4109  no
Robert Dole August 15th, 1996 San Diego, CA 56:58 5771  no
George Bush August 20th, 1992 Houston, TX 56:44 4867  yes
George Bush August 18th, 1988 New Orleans, LA 49:05 4469  yes Video
Ronald Reagan August 23rd, 1984 Dallas, TX 54:59 5060  yes Video
Ronald Reagan July 17th, 1980 Detroit, MI 43:42 4640  yes Video
Gerald R. Ford August 19th, 1976 Kansas City, MO 36:26 2895  no
Richard Nixon August 23rd, 1972 Miami Beach, FL 41:11 4348  yes Video
Richard Nixon August 8th, 1968 Miami Beach, FL 32:17 4664  yes Video
Barry Goldwater July 16th, 1964 San Francisco, CA 40:14 3186  no
Richard Nixon July 28th, 1960 Chicago, IL 50:20 5356  no
Dwight D. Eisenhower August 23rd, 1956 San Francisco, CA 37:50 4342  yes
Dwight D. Eisenhower July 11th, 1952 Chicago, IL nd 1131  yes
Thomas E. Dewey June 24th, 1948 Philadelphia, PA nd 1371  yes
Thomas E. Dewey June 28th, 1944 Chicago, IL nd 2293  no
Wendell L. Willkie August 17th, 1940 Elwood, IN * nd 5588 no
Herbert Hoover June 16th, 1932 (Letter) n/a no
Herbert Hoover August 11th, 1932 Washington, DC * nd 7241
Warren G. Harding June 12th, 1920 Chicago, IL * nd 6833 yes
Charles E. Hughes June 10, 1916 (via telegram) n/a yes
William Howard Taft July 28th, 1908 Cincinnati, OH * nd 12,055 yes
William McKinley July 12th, 1900 Canton, OH * nd 2016 yes
Benjamin Harrison September 3rd, 1892 (Letter) n/a yes
Benjamin Harrison September 11th, 1888 (Letter) n/a yes
James A. Garfield July 12th, 1880 (Letter) n/a yes
Abraham Lincoln June 9, 1864 (Letter) n/a yes


* These speeches were delivered at another location, not the nominating convention. In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt was the first nominee to appear at a convention in person to accept the nomination.

nd = Time not determined due to a complete recording not available at the time this compilation was assembled.

Length in time was determined using video available in the C-SPAN archives. The time began when the nominee began speaking from prepared text, and excludes extended applause that may have occurred when the nominee was introduced, but before the prepared remarks began. Time ended when the nominee spoke the last word.

Word counts exclude any annotations, and exclude any audience reaction that may be included in the transcript. Microsoft Word was used to compute word counts.

Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speeches and Letters." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2016. Available from the World Wide Web: http://http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/nomination.php.




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