The Populist Party (or People’s Party) aimed to change the political and economic power structure by assisting farmers and agrarian workers and limiting the power of big business. The party held its first convention in 1892 at Omaha, Nebraska, where it ratified its Omaha Platform. While Populist candidate James B. Weaver earned more than a million votes in the presidential election of 1892, and a number of Populists were elected in the midterm elections of 1894, the party dissolved soon after the election of 1896, in which it supported unsuccessful Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan.

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