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Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson narrowly beat incumbent Federalist John Adams 73-65, marking the ascent of that party's power. 1800 Election
After John C. Calhoun decided to seek the vice presidency and Crawford (from Georgia) had a stroke, Jackson took most of the South and won the popular vote. 1824 Election
Another four-candidate election, with Republican Abraham Lincoln, (northern) Democrat Stephen Douglas, (southern) Democrat John C. Breckinridge, and Constitutional Unionist John G. Bell. 1860 Election
Republican Rutherford B. Hayes faced Democrat Samuel Tilden, best known for battling Tammany Hall and the Tweed Ring in New York. 1876 Election
Republican William McKinley swept the North/Northeast to beat Democrat William Jennings Bryan, but the campaign was the interesting part. The most prominent issue, the gold standard versus free silver coinage, led to Bryan's famous "Cross of Gold" speech. 1896 Election
3 presidents--T. Roosevelt, Taft, and Woodrow Wilson--earned electoral votes. Roosevelt, displeased with his successor Taft, returned to lead the Progressive Party (nicknamed "Bull Moose" Party). Wilson won in a landslide. 1912 Election
Democrat Harry Truman beat Republican Thomas Dewey, contrary to the famous headline of the Chicago Tribune. Strom Thurmond took 39 electoral votes as the "Dixiecrat" candidate. 1948 Election
John F. Kennedy defeated vice president Richard Nixon 303-219 in a tight election, winning the popular vote by just two-tenths of a percent. Voting irregularities in TX & Illinois (especially in Richard Daley's Chicago) led to allegations of fraud for JFK 1960 Election
Last election in which a 3rd party candidate won electoral votes (George Wallace.) RFK ran but was killed and Humphrey became the Dem nominee. The DNC was filled with riots. Nixon comes back and wins the presidency. 1968 Election
Incumbent Grover Cleveland wins the popular vote but loses electoral vote to Benjamin Harrison. He ran again 4 years later and wins; 1888 Election
One electoral vote each is cast for president and vice president, so Democratic-Republican VP candidate Aaron Burr also has 73 votes, but Burr refused to step aside. Election of 1800
In the House of Representatives, neither man won the necessary 9 state delegations outright until the 36th ballot, when James Bayard of Delaware changed his vote to Jefferson. Election of 1800
The Federalists never recovered; Alexander Hamilton's opposition to Adams led to a permanent split between the two Election of 1800
The debacle leads to passage of the 12th amendment in 1804. Election of 1800
Hamilton's opposition to Burr was one cause of their 1804 duel, in which Burr (then vice president) killed Hamilton. Also notable is the first peaceful transfer of power from one party to another. Election of 1800
The candidates were John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, William Crawford, and Andrew Jackson, all Democratic-Republicans. Election of 1824
Jackson had 99 electoral votes, Adams 84, Crawford 41, and Clay 37, but since none had more than 50% of the vote, the House decided the election. Election of 1824
Adams won in the House with support from Clay, and Jacksonians cried foul when Clay was made Secretary of State (the so-called "corrupt bargain"), giving fuel to Jackson's victorious 1828 campaign. Election of 1824
Jackson is the only candidate to lose a presidential race despite having the most electoral votes, and he is one of four (with Tilden, Cleveland, and Gore) to lose despite winning the popular vote. Election of 1824
The election also led to the founding of the Democratic Party. Election of 1824
The Republican Party, founded in 1854, won in its second election (its first candidate being Fremont in 1856), aided by the fragmenting of the Democrats. Election of 1860
Bell took Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, Breckinridge swept the other slave states, and Lincoln nearly swept the free states. Election of 1860
Though winning under 40% of the total popular vote, Lincoln dominated the electoral count with 180 to a combined 123 for his opponents (Breckinridge 72, Bell 39, Douglas 12). Election of 1860
Seven southern states seceded before Lincoln even took office, and war soon followed. Election of 1860
Tilden won the popular vote and seemed to win the election, but results in Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana were contested, as was one vote in Oregon; if Hayes swept these votes, he would win the electoral count 185 to 184. Election of 1876
In Congress, an informal bargain was reached (often called the Compromise of 1877) in which Hayes won the election in exchange for Reconstruction being brought to an end. Election of 1876
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