Silver Republican Party

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SILVER REPUBLICAN PARTY. The Silver Republican party was an organization formed by the delegates who bolted from the Republican party convention of 1896 after its adoption of the gold standard as the basis of the U.S. monetary system. The Silver Republicans later issued an endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. In 1900 the party met in its first and only national convention. The party's lead-ers hoped to secure a common ticket with the Democrats, but they failed when the Democrats refused to accept a Silver Republican as the vice-presidential candidate. In March 1901 the party's members in Congress joined in an address urging all supporters to unite with the Democratic Party.


Durden, Robert Franklin. The Climax of Populism: The Election of 1896. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1965.

Ritter, Gretchen. Goldbugs and Greenbacks: The Antimonopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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See alsoConventions, Party Nominating ; Gold Bugs ; Gold Democrats ; Populism .