His son Donald Trump, Jr., cast the votes for the NY delegation that put the billionaire businessman over the top of the 1,237 delegates he needed to clinch the nomination, as any talk of disruptive protest votes or walkouts dissipated.
While the family was in the spotlight, Donald Jr. chose to shed some light on Melania Trump's speech snafu from the previous night, telling CBS News that any similarities between Melania and Michelle Obama's speech were caused by speechwriters, although Melania previously stated that she worked on the piece with "as little help as possible".
On Monday afternoon, after the Republican National Committee put down a last-ditch effort by delegates opposed to Donald Trump, Eric Minor was seething.
"One man, Donald Trump, was not intimidated".
Tuesday night offers a chance to calm the self-inflicted chaos, but nothing is guaranteed. "In this particular case, the state rules... says that the candidates that are submitted that run in the election, if they drop out, the bound vote gets reallocated to the only candidate left that's running".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the convention stage to some boos.
Afterward, Trump's hand-picked choice for a running mate - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence - was nominated as the Republican vice presidential candidate by voice vote. According to the Associated Press, Trump had 1,543 delegates locked up going into the convention. But that effort - like the "Never Trump" movement's other last-ditch efforts this week - failed.
On Monday, Trump's backers faced down a revolt from Republican delegates opposed to him.
Trump's campaign hoped the formal nomination would both end the discord surging through the Republican Party and overshadow the convention's chaotic kickoff, including a plagiarism charge involving Melania Trump's address on opening night.
Despite Tuesday night's celebrations, worries continued among delegates concerned about Trump's many apparent flaws as a candidate.
A trio of former Trump challengers will give speeches on the floor on Wednesday.
Then South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster gave a speech that veered from unbridled happiness about Trump to deep pessimism about the state of the country Trump wants to lead.
"Weakness, decline, and ultimately, chaos and oblivion".
"We didn't disqualify Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States, the facts of her life and career disqualifies her, " Christie said. "But, ladies and gentlemen, that is about to change".
Some states passed on the first round in deference to Trump's home state of NY - but not without hard feelings. Four of his children joined the state's delegation on the convention floor for the historic moment and appeared overwhelmed with emotion.
"Donald Trump has never done anything halfway, least of all as a parent", Tiffany Trump, 22, said, while describing her father as charming, amusing and "real".
"My dad is a natural born encourager, the last person to ever tell you to lower your sights, " she said. She spoke of his "simple goodness" and his loyalty and love of family - while noting the "drama" that comes with Trump in politics.
At the 5:30 p.m. session, a roll call vote for Trump is planned.
Instead, speaker after speaker took aim at Clinton, presenting her as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans and the inheritor of Obama's "oppressive" administration.