(NBC News) — Hillary Clinton is now officially the Democratic presidential nominee, making history as the first woman ever to secure the backing of a major American political party.

Clinton was formally nominated on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, more than nine years after launching her first presidential bid. It was largely an evening of unity after an opening night marked by resistance from die-hard supporters of Democratic runner-up, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As a symbolic gesture, Sanders’ name also was placed in nomination. Her former foe smiled and applauded from a box seat as supporters praised his “revolution” and his fight for progressive policy proposals during the nomination procedure.

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