1928 Democratic National Convention - Historical Marker
This historical marker commemorates the 1928 Democratic National Convention, which was held here on this site from June 26-29 in a building called Sam Houston Hall. Houston was chosen thanks in large part to local businessman Jess H. Jones. An influential member of the Democratic Party in Texas, Jones traveled to Washington D.C. to deliver a certified check for $200,000 to enter the city's bid the Democratic National Committee. The marker is located on Ruck Street next to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
Backstory and Context
Sam Houston Hall was built in just 64 days. During the convention, anti-prohibitionist New York Governor Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944) was nominated for president. Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson, who supported prohibition, was nominated for vice president. The Republican nominee for president, Herbert Hoover, would go onto win in November. He also won Texas, becoming the first Republican to do so.
Ferrer, Ada. "Democratic National Convention of 1928." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 20, 2019. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/wbd01.
Photo: The Historical Marker Database