Daniel R. Fitzpatrick's editorial cartoon, "Waiting To
Have His Mind Made Up," appeared in the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, July 10, 1944.
Who's on Second:
The 1944 Democratic
Vice Presidential Nomination
BY BRENDA L. HEASTER*
The 1944 Democratic national convention stands as one of the
most outwardly chaotic in American political history. Ironically,
confusion occurred not because of disputes over the presidential
nomination but because of a fierce contest for the second place on
the ticket, the vice presidency. In most conventions, the lesser
nomination has not generated much interest, but rumors circulating
in Washington and Chicago in 1944 sent politicians scrambling for
second billing. One rumor hinted that President Franklin D.
Roosevelt did not care to endorse anyone for his running mate,
°Brenda L. Heaster, a substitute teacher with the Valparaiso, Indiana, Community School System, recently accepted a research position with the federal
government in Washington, D.C. She has the B.A. and M.A. degrees in American
History from Indiana University, Bloomington.