From June 14 to June 16, 1932, Chicago, Illinois was the host city for the Republican National Convention which was held at the newly completed Chicago Stadium, the largest indoor arena in the world at the time. The U.S. was in the third year of the Great Depression, and many delegates cancelled their hotel reservations and stayed home. As a result, only one-third of the stadium was filled on the opening day of the convention.
The convention re-nominated President Herbert Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis. Hoover’s only opponent for the nomination was Senator Joseph France, but the public address system cut out during his speech, and Hoover was nominated on the first ballot. Hoover went on to lose all but six states of the presidential election to Franklin Roosevelt.