Emergence of the Anti-Monopoly Party
The Anti-Monopoly Party was formed on a national basis in 1883. Scattered state affiliates had existed for a decade and had occasionally been competitive. In the summer of 1883, a convention was held in Chicago where the "Anti-Monopoly League" was formed. John F. Henry of Brooklyn was appointed the chairman of the League. Through the winter of 1883-1884, he visited local labor organizations and inquired into their likelihood of endorsing an AMP ticket that would possibly be led by Benjamin F. Butler. He was encouraged by the response [NYT 5/7/1884].
Its National Convention
The Anti-Monopoly National Convention assembled in the Hershey Music Hall in Chicago IL at 2:30 p.m. on 5/14/1884. There were 200 delegates present from 16 states, but 61 delegates came from MI and IL. [NYT 5/17-18/1884].
The national committee met the day before the convention and drafted a proposed platform. Committee members complained about the fact that the railroads would not provide the delegates with reduced rates, and the media mused about the irony that the Anti-Monopoly Party would approach the railroads with such a request [NYT 5/14/1884].
Alson J. Streeter was chosen as the temporary chairman. A New York delegate read a statement approved by the state affiliate recommending that the national convention not nominate a ticket. John F. Henry was appointed the permanent chairman when the convention was officially or