Flashback Friday: The Republican National Convention of 1936

It’s been eighty years since Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, and it appears things in the world of politics haven’t changed much.  Back in 1936 the main contenders squaring off for debate were Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, and the incumbent at the time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The location was Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The city was the 6th largest in the U.S., boasting a population of 900,000 Clevelanders, and this convention drew thousands of delegates to Cleveland.

The RNC took place during the Great Depression, so the debates were extremely heated, especially considering that more than fifty percent of industrial workers in Cleveland had recently lost their jobs.

The hot topic at the time was Social Security; and although Governor Landon had the support of track star Jesse Owens, a Cleveland native, and former President Herbert Hoover, he still lost the republican vote by a landslide to President Roosevelt.

Well, things really have changed. Cleveland’s population is about half of what it was then, and while we don’t know the role Cleveland Public Power played in 1936 we are well aware of the hard work the men and women of this public utility have put into shining a bright light on Cleveland today.

Today, all of the city’s street lights from Public Square to Kamms Corner are maintained by CPP, so our crews have been working to ensure the visitors encounter well-lit streets. Additionally, the utility has been instrumental in providing the infrastructure and power to many of the city’s new buildings.

CPP welcomes the delegates and all visitors to our fine city!

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