The Vermont State Anti-Masonic Convention assembled in the State House in Montpelier on 2/24-25/1836. There were 175 delegates present from all counties but one.
After completing its organization, the convention nominated Silas H. Jenison for Governor with 144 votes to 12 for John Smith, four for Wm A. Palmer, and five scattering.
The convention then completed the remainder of the state ticket, including D.M. Camp for Lieutenant Governor.
A motion was made to nominate candidates for President and Vice President, then to select a slate of Presidential Electors. Another delegate argued that since the Whig State Convention was being held in the city at the same time, the convention should coordinate with that body.
A long debate ensued. Delegates placed William Henry Harrison, Daniel Webster, Francis Granger, and Martin Van Buren in nomination. The Van Buren supporter argued against the Whig Party's attempt to absorb the Anti-Masonic Party and also argued against the Whig policy of balkanizing the nation in order to defeat Van Buren. The Granger floor leader argued that he was the only candidate who could be trusted to support the party's platform.
On the second day of the convention, the Webster floor leader stated that he would concur in the nomination of Harrison and offered a biography of WHH which was read. After other speeches, the convention took an informal ballot. Harrison received 87 votes to 27 for Van Buren, 23 for Webster, 20 for Granger, and one[More...]