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Interior of Ford's Grand Opera House of John T. Ford, (1829-1894), on East Fayette Street (between North Howard and Eutaw Streets) of Baltimore during the 1872 Democratic National Convention, (built 1871, razed 1964)

The 1872 Democratic National Convention was a presidential nominating convention held at Ford's Grand Opera House on East Fayette Street, (between North Howard and North Eutaw Streets) in Baltimore, Maryland on July 9 to 10, 1872. It resulted in the nomination of newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, (1811-1872), of New York and Governor Benjamin Gratz Brown, (1826-1885), of Missouri for President and Vice President, a ticket first nominated earlier by the rump Liberal Republican faction convention meeting also in Baltimore's newly built premier Opera House of nationally well-known theatre owner/operator John T. Ford, (1829-1894), (infamous as the owner of the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. where 16th President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated in April 1865) of the major Republican Party which had already re-nominated incumbent 18th President Ulysses S. Grant, (1822-1885), of the regular Republicans for another term.

The convention was called to order by Democratic National Committee chairman August Belmont. Thomas Jefferson Randolph served as the convention's temporary chairman and James R. Doolittle served as permanent president. At six hours in length, stretched over two days, the convention was the shortest meeting of a major political party convention in history.<ref>CNN.com: Think you know your Democratic convention trivia?</ref>

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