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The Greenback Party convened in 1880 at the Interstate Exposition Building in

Chicago from June 9 to 11 to select presidential and vice presidential nominees and
write a party platform for that year's US presidential election. Delegates chose a
ticket of James B. Weaver (pictured) of Iowa and Barzillai J. Chambers of Texas.
The Greenback Party had drawn support from organized labor and farmers, mostly from
the nation's West and South, in response to the economic depression that followed
the Panic of 1873. Weaver and Chambers triumphed quickly, winning a majority of the
convention delegates' votes on the first ballot. More tumultuous was the fight over
the platform, as delegates from disparate factions of the left-wing movement
clashed over Chinese immigration, government regulation of working conditions, and
especially women's suffrage. The general election was narrowly won by the
Republican candidate, James A. Garfield, over the Democrat, Winfield Scott Hancock.
The Greenback ticket placed a distant third, netting just over three percent of the
popular vote. (Full article...)

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