Democratic National Convention trivia: Day 1

Story highlights

  • Memorable moment: future Texas governor Ann Richards said Bush '41' was born with a "silver foot in his mouth"
  • DNC: Barack Obama was the last African American to deliver a keynote address in 2004
  • RNC: John Lynch was the last African American to keynote a Republican convention in 1884
  • In 1992, then-candidate Bill Clinton got a boost of 16 points after the DNC, going from 40% to 56%

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, here's some trivia on memorable Democratic convention moments, as well as some fun facts about the oldest and youngest headliners and African American candidates.

Memorable Democratic convention speeches

• In her keynote 1988 speech, Texas state treasurer and future governor Ann Richards declared that George H.W. Bush was "born with a silver foot in his mouth."

• In his speech to the 1980 Democratic convention, Sen. Ted Kennedy said, "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

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• In 1940, Eleanor Roosevelt became the first first Lady to address a national political convention. With war looming, she said, "We cannot tell from day to day what may come. This is no ordinary time, no time for thinking about anything except what we can best do for the country as a whole."

African American convention firsts

    • In 1976, Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas was the first African American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention (She also keynoted the 1992 convention). In 1884, Former Mississippi Rep. John Lynch became the first African American keynote speaker at a Republican convention.

    - Channing Phillips, a minister from Washington, D.C., became the first African American to receive a vote at a Democratic convention in 1968, with 67.5 delegate votes. Frederick Douglass, in 1888, became the first African American to receive a vote at a Republican convention with one delegate vote.

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    • Barack Obama was the last African American to deliver a keynote address (2004). Republicans have not featured an African American keynoter since Lynch in 1884.

    Oldest and youngest convention facts

    • Lewis Cass, 65 years, 226 days, was the oldest person to win presidential nomination for the Democratic Party at the 1848 Democratic convention. Ronald Reagan, at 73 years, 196 days, was the oldest Republican to do so, at the 1984 convention.

    • For the Democrats, former West Virginia Sen. Henry G. Davis was the oldest person to accept the vice presidential nomination. He was 80 years, 233 days old. On the Republican side, Charles Curtis was the oldest to do so. He was 72 years, 141 days old when he accepted the nomination at the 1932 Republican convention.

    • The youngest person to win presidential nomination for the Democrats was William Jennings Bryan at 36 years, 110 days old during the 1896 convention. For the Republicans, Thomas E. Dewey was the youngest at 42 years, 94 days during the 1944 convention.

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    • John C. Breckinridge was the youngest Democrat to win vice presidential nomination at 35 years, 138 days old during the 1856 convention. In 1952, Richard Nixon became the youngest Republican to take the VP nomination at 39.

    Convention Bounce

    • After the 2008 Democratic convention, then-candidate Barack Obama experienced a two-point bounce in the polls, going from 47% before the event to 49% after the convention in Denver. Data comes from an average of surveys by CNN, USA Today and Gallup. Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, remained steady in the polls at 48% after the GOP gathering in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    • In 1992, then-candidate Bill Clinton received a whopping boost of 16 points after the Democratic convention in New York City, going from 40% to 56%. His opponent, Republican incumbent President George H. W. Bush, saw a modest gain of five points, increasing from 37% to 42%. The GOP event was held in Houston in mid August, more than a month after the Democratic gathering.

        Election 2012

      • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

        A black man is returning to the White House. Four years ago, it was a first, the breaking of a racial barrier. Tuesday night, it was history redux. And more.
      • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage after his victory speech at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

        The 2012 presidential election shattered spending records, further polarized a divided country and launched a thousand hashtags.
      • Even though voters indicated to pollsters that their financial situation is the same or worse than it was four years ago, they put their trust in the president.
      • US President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of supporters on stage on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. President Barack Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

        The president faces a long and familiar set of challenges after riding a wave of support from moderates, women and minorities to victory.
      • Republicans kept a lock on the U.S. House of Representatives, a crucial victory after the party failed to wrest away the presidency from Barack Obama and the Senate from the Democrats.