The 6th Republican National Convention met in Exposition Hall in Cincinnati OH. It was attended by 756 delegates: an increase of 4 from 1872. The four additional delegates were given to Colorado, recently organized as a state.
The convention nominated Gov. Hayes (OH) for President on the 7th ballot and US Rep. Wheeler (NY) for VP on the first ballot. When agreeing upon the rules for the roll call, a delegate introduced a resolution that the convention take a 30 minute recess following any inconclusive ballot. Another delegate offered an amendment that in such cases each delegation might first announce its preference of cash or country produce for its votes. This amendment killed a very wise motion. The only major credentials issue was a set of competing delegations from Alabama; a Blaine delegation was seated instead of a Morton delegation by a vote of 375-354.
The presidential roll call was the most contentious to date among the Republicans. Robert G. Ingersoll placed Blaine in nomination with a magnificent speech in which he coined the phrase "the plumed knight" for Blaine. The delegate who placed Hayes in nomination mentioned that he had already defeated three Democratic presidential contenders in Ohio elections: Thurman, Pendleton, and Allen.
During the balloting, the Pennsylvania delegation asked for clarification about the Unit Rule. Since most delegates had been selected at congressional district conventions, where they were directed to support certa