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FROM 1789-1920.

Note: The majority of the returns given in the following table have been compiled from the official records on file in the office of the Secretary of the Commouwealth. Some were obtained from old newspapers, files and other publicatious issued at the time of the respective elections for which the returns are given. The data obtainable from the early records was so meagre that it was found impossible, in giving the vote for President, to follow any rule, but simply to give the vote as obtained. In several cases the voto given is for the eloctor receiving the highest vote on each ticket, in one or two cases it is the average vote for cach set of clectors, but since 1868 the vote for the first elector on the respective tickets is given.

Wednesday, January 7, 1780 :
George Washington (seven counties missing),

5,930 Note: The first election for Presidential electors was held on the first Wednesday of

January, 1789, under authority of an act passed by the General Assembly on

October 4, 1788.
The total of 3,930 given above is the vote cast in all the countles of the State except
Allegheny, Bedford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Huntington and Westinoreland
for Edward Hand, the elector receiving the highest vote; the vote of the sald
counties we have been unable to find.

Tuesday, November 6, 1702:
George Washington, Federalist (Henry electors, four counties missing),

8,479 George Washington. Federalist (Todd electors, four counties missing),

1,097 Note: The vote of 1792 is as taken from the official returns on file in the Secretary ut the Commonwealth's office, and is coinplete except for the counties of Washington, Franklin, Huntingdon and Millin, which are missing. George Washington had no opposition for President, though in a majority of the counties two sets of el ctors were voted for, the set of teen which was elected and another of twelve, whilst in many counties local candidates received the entire rote, there heing nearly one hundred such persons who received from 1 to 100 votes in the State. Willian Henry, the first elector on the ticket elected, received a total in the State, four Grunties missing. vf 3,479. William Todd, the first of the set of twelve electors, received a total in the State, four counties missing, of 1,097,

Friday, November 4, 1796 : Thomas Jefferson, Republican,

11,947 John Adams, Federalist,

10,085 1800: This is the only presidential election at which the electors of Pennsylvania did not have an opportunity of expressing by popular vote their choice for President.

The Legislature having failed at the regular session of 1799-1800 to provide for the choosing of presidential electors in 1800, the Governor (Thomas McKean), on the 18th day of October, 1800, issued a proc:amation for the assembling of the General Assembly in special session on the 5th day of November, 1800, at the court house in the borough of Lancaster, for the purpose of providing for the selection of presidential electors on behalf of Pennsylvania. The Legislature, after a contest hetween the two houses as to the method of electing the electors,, passed an art, which was approred by the Governor on December 1, 1800, providing for the naming of eight candidates for presidential elertors by each House, ani the selection of fifteen therefrom at a joint session of the two Houses. On December 2, 1800, the joint session of both Houses was held and the eight nominated by the House and seven of the eight nominated by the Senate, making in all Afteen (the numl er to which l'ennsylvania was then entitled), were elected as presidential electors to represent Pennsylvania, in the choosing of a President and Vice-Presi: dent in 1800. At the meeting of the electoral college eight of the electors voted for Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, the Republican candidates, and seven for John Adams and C. C. Pinckney, the Federalist candidates.

Friday, November 2, 1804 : Thomas Jefferson, Republican,

22,811 Charles C. Pinckney, Federalist,

1,429 Friday, November 4, 1808 : James Madison, Republican,

42.518 Charles C. Pinckney, Federalist,

11,736 Friday October 30, 1812: Jupes Madison, Republican,

49.802 De Witt Clinton, Federalist,

20,461 Friday, November 1, 1816: James Monroe, Republican,

25,609 Rufis King. Federa:ist,

17,457 Note: Four of the Monroe electors received over 41,000 votes, the highest being 42,495. The vote given is for the first elector on each ticket.

Friday, November 8, 1820: James Monroe, Republican.

80.813 John Q. Adams, Opposition,

1,893 Friday, October 29, 1824: Andrew Jackson, Republican,

85,029 John Q. Adams, Coalition,

6,436 William H. Crawford, Republican,

4,182 Henry Clay, Republican,


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Friday, October 30, 1840:
winiam H. Harrison, Whig,
Martin Van Buren, Dernocratic,
James G. Birney, Liberty,
Note: The vote given of 1840 is for the first elector on each of the tickets, and is

about the average vote cast for each set of electors. Jacob M. Gemmil, a Van
Buren elector, received 143,784 votes, whilst Joseph Ritner, a Harrison elector,
received 143,090, making the difference between the highest Van Buren elector and
the lowest Harrison elector but 206.

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Tuesday, Norsember 4, 1856: Jumes Buchanan. Democratic, John C. Fremont, Republican,


Filmore, Imerican,
Millard Fillmore, American (straight ticket),
Note: In 1856 Fennsylvania was entitled to twenty-seven presidential electors.

The three principal sets of electors voted for were : 1st, The Democratic, in the
interest of James Buchanan. 2d, The Union ticket, in the interest of John C.
Fremont, Republican, and Millard Fillmore, American. There were twenty-six
electors on this ticket, the twenty-seventh name voted for being either that or
John C. Fremont 0: Millard Fillmore. The total vote cast for the twenty-six Uniun
Electors was 203,534. Of the vote for the twenty-seventh elector, John C. Fremort
received 147,286, and Millard Fillmore 55.832. The 3d set of electors was &
straight ticket in the interest of Millard Fillmore, American, 26,337 votes being
cast for said set of electors.

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Tuesday, November 4, 1884 Grover Cleveland, Dennocratic, James G. Blaine, Republican, Benjamin F. Butler, Greenback, John P. St. John, Prohibition,

392.785 478,404 16,992 15,283

828,001 446.633 20,947 3,873


452, 264 516,011

8,714 25,123




5,071 r

Tuesday, November 6, 1888:
Benjamin Harrison, Republican,
Grover Cleveland, Democratic,
Clinton B. Fisk, Prohibition,
Alson J. Streeter, Union Labor,
James L. Curtis, American,

Tuesday, November 8, 1892:
Grover Cleveland, Democratic,
Benjamin Harrison, Republican,
James B. Weaver, People's,
John Bidwell, Prohibition,
Simon Wing. Socialist Labor,

Tuesday, November 3, 1896:
William McKinley, Republican,

726,998 William McKinley, McKinley-Citizen,

1,302 William J. Bryan, Democratic,

William J. Bryan, Free Silver,
Joshua Levering. Prohibition,
William J. Bryan, People's,
Charles H. Matchett, Socialist Labor,
Charles E. Bent.ey. National,
John M. Palmer, Jeffersonian,
Note: In the case of the Republican and Mckinley-Citizen parties in 1896, the

electors were the same and were voted for in the interest of McKinley for Presi-
dent, and Hobart for Vice President. In the case of the Democratic and Free-
Silver parties the electors were the same and were voted for in the interest of
Bryan for President, and Sewall for Vice-President. The People's party electors
were in the interest of Bryan for President, but of Watson for Vice-President,
and were not the same as the Democratic electors.

Tuesday, November 6, 1900 :
William McKinley, Republicau,
William J. Bryan, Democratic,
John G. Woo.ley, Prohibition,
Joseph F. Malloney, Socialist Labor,
Wharton Barker, People's,
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist,

19,274 6,103 1,683

870 11,000

712,665 424,232 27,908 2,936

638 4,831

840,949 335,430 83,717 21,863 2,211 2,668

745,779 448,782 36,694 33,914 1,057 1,224

Tuesday, November 8, 1904:
Theodore Roosevelt, Republican,
Alton Brooks Parker, Democratic,
Sllas C. Swallow, Prohibition,
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist,
Coarles Hunter Corregan, Socialist Labor,
Alwn Brooks Parker, Independence,

Tuesday, November 3, 1908:
William H. Taft, Republicall,
Willam J. Bryan, Democratic,
Eugene W. Chafin, Prohibition,
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist,
Thomas L. Hisgen, Independence,
August Gillhaus, Socialist Labor,

Tuesday, November 5, 1912:
Woodrow Wilson, Democratic,
William H. Taft, Republican,
Eugene W. Chafin, Prohibition,
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist,
Arthur E. Reimer, Industrialist,
Theodore Roosevelt, Bull Moose,
Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt Progressive,
Theodore Roosevelt, Washington,

Tuesday, November 7, 1916:
Woodrow Wilson, Democratic,
Charles E. Hughes, Republican,
Allan J. Benson, Socialist,
J. Frank Hanly. Prohibition,
Arthur E. Reimer, Industrialist,

Tuesday, November 2, 1920 :
Warren G. Harding, Republican,
Jaines M. Cox, Democratic,
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist,
Aaron S. Watkins, Prohibition,
James M. Cox, Industrialist,
Parley P. Christensen, Labor,
Robert C. Macauley, Single Tax,

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FIRST TERM-March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1793-Number of electors, 10.
President-George Washington, Virginia,
Johu duanis, Jassachusetts,
John Hancock, alussachusetts,

George Washington eleled l'resident and John Adams Vico-l'resident.

SECOND TERM-Maru 4. 1783, to March 4, 1797.-Number of electors, 15.
President--George Washington, Virginia,

Adams, Massachusetts,
George Chwilon, New ork,

George Washington uud John Adams re-elected.

THIRD TERM_March 4, 1797, to March 4, 1801.--Nunber of electors, 15.
President-juliu Auuuis, Jassuchusetts,
Thomas Jeferson, Virginiu,
Thomas l'inckney, South Carolina,
Aaruu Burr, Uw York,

John Adams elected I'resident and Thomas Jefferson Vice-President.

15 14 1

1 14

2 13

FOURTH TERU-March 4, 1801, to Alarch 4, 1805.--Number of electors, 15.
President -Tuomas Jefferson, Virginia,
Aur Burr, New York,
Juha Auais, dassuchusetts,
C. C. l'insekuey. South Carolina,

The vole fur Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr being equal, no choice was inude by the people. The House of Representa uves proceeded to the choice of President, when Tuomas Jefferson was elected l'resideut, and Aurou Burr, Vice-President.

FIFTH TERM--Jarch 4, 1805, to March 4, 1809.-Number of electors, 20.
President-Thomas Jefferson, Virginia,
Vice-l'resident, - George Clintvu, wew York,

l'rerinus tu this cleclivu nu persons were voted for, the highest being, President, the Dext Vlie-liesident, wie luustilution was aneuded as it now stands. Thomas Jefferson re-elected l’resident, and George Cullou elected Vice-Presiueut.

SIXTH TERJ-Alarch 4, 1800, to March 4, 1813.-Number of electors, 20.
President--James Madison, Virginia,
Vice-President-George Clinton, New York,

James Madison elected President, and George Clinton re-elected Vice-l'resident.

20 20

20 20


25 25

24 24

28 28

SEVENTH TERJ--Marchi 4, 1813, to March 4, 1817.--Number of electons, 25.
President--James Madisvu, Virginia,
Vice-l'resident--Elbridge Gerry, Vassachusetts,

James Madison re-eiected President, and Elbridge Gerry elected Vice-President.

EIGHTH TORJI- March 4, 1817, to March 4, 1821.-Number of electors, 23.
President-James Jonge, Vugria,
Vice-Presideut--Daniel D. Tompkins, New York,

Jules sluilroe eleceu President, and Lunet D. Tompkins Vice-l’resident.

*NIXTH TERU-March 4, 1821, to March 4, 1825.–Number of electors, 25.
President-James Jourve, Virginia,
Vice-l’resident--Daniel D. Tompkins, New York,
James Monroe re-elected President, und Dumel D. Tompkins Vice-President.

TENTH TERM-March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829.-Number of sectors, 28.
President--Andrew Jackson, Tennessee,
Vice-l'resident-- Juhn C. Calhoun, South Carolina,

Nelther candidate for the Prvideney having received a majority of the electoral votes, it devolved upon the House of Representatives to choose from the three highest on lisi voted for, who Were Audrew Jackson, Temexsee. John Quincy Adams, Alassachusetts, and William H. Crawford, Georgia. John Quincy Adams was chosen.

Joan Quincy Adams elected President, and Joma C. Caluviu Vice-President.

ELEVENTH TERU-arch 4, 1829, to March 4, 1833.-Number of electors, 28.
President--andrew Jackson, Tennessee,
Vice-l'resident- John ('. Calho, South Carolina,

Andrew Jackson elected l’resident, and John C. Calhoun re-elected Vice-President.

TWELFTH TERU-March 4, 1833, to March 4, 1837.-Number of electons, 30.
President-Andrew Jackson, Tennessee,
Vice-President-William Wilkins, Pennsylvania,

Andrew Jacksou re-elected resident, and Martin Van Buren, New York elected Vice-

THIRTEENTH TERM—March 4, 1837, to March 4, 1841.-Number of electors, so.
President-Martin Van Buren, New York,
Vice-President- Richard M. Johnson, Kentucky.

Martin Van Buren elected President, and Richard M. Johnson Vice-l'resident.


80 30

30 30

FOURTEENTH TERM–March 4, 1841, to March 4, 1845.-Number of electors. 30.
President-Willian H. Harrison, Ohio,
Vice-l'resident John Tyler, Virxinia,

William H. Harrisou elected fresident, and John Tyler Vice-President.

80 30

*Twenty-five electors were elerted but one of the electors died previous to the meeting of the electoral college, making the vote 24 as given.

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