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Hillary Clinton Becomes First Female U.S. Major Party Presidential Nominee

Hillary Clinton waves as she marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua.
Hillary Clinton waves as she marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton was formally nominated as the Democratic nominee for president just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Day 2 of the party's convention in Philadelphia, becoming the first female candidate to represent a major American political party in U.S. history.

In a show of unity, Clinton's challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, ended the roll-call vote by making a motion that Clinton be declared the nominee in a voice vote. Clinton did the exact same thing in 2008 when Barack Obama was nominated in an attempt to show unity after their own bitter primary.

The convention began Monday amid loud displays of rancor by Sanders supporters, but as Monday's evening proceedings progressed, a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama brought cheers and applause from both Clinton and Sanders supporters.

Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, is will deliver the keynote at the convention Tuesday night. Hillary Clinton is at the family home in Chappaqua, watching the convention on television and putting final touches on her acceptance speech, which will be delivered Thursday evening to end the convention. She is expected to deliver a brief video message from Chappaqua that will be shown to delegates after Bill Clinton's speech.

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