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POPULAR VOTE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR PRESIDENT
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 :
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.
Tuesday, November 6, 1702:
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,
Friday, October 30, 1840:
about the average vote cast for each set of electors. Jacob M. Gemmil, a Van
Tuesday, Norsember 4, 1856: Jumes Buchanan. Democratic, John C. Fremont, Republican,
The three principal sets of electors voted for were : 1st, The Democratic, in the
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
Tuesday, November 6, 1888:
Tuesday, November 8, 1892:
Tuesday, November 3, 1896:
726,998 William McKinley, McKinley-Citizen,
1,302 William J. Bryan, Democratic,
electors were the same and were voted for in the interest of McKinley for Presi-
Tuesday, November 6, 1900 :
19,274 6,103 1,683
712,665 424,232 27,908 2,936
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:
Tuesday, November 3, 1908:
Tuesday, November 5, 1912:
Tuesday, November 7, 1916:
Tuesday, November 2, 1920 :
THE ELECTORAL VOTE OF PENNSYLVANIA
FIRST TERM-March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1793-Number of electors, 10.
George Washington eleled l'resident and John Adams Vico-l'resident.
SECOND TERM-Maru 4. 1783, to March 4, 1797.-Number of electors, 15.
George Washington uud John Adams re-elected.
THIRD TERM_March 4, 1797, to March 4, 1801.--Nunber of electors, 15.
John Adams elected I'resident and Thomas Jefferson Vice-President.
15 14 1
FOURTH TERU-March 4, 1801, to Alarch 4, 1805.--Number of electors, 15.
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.
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.
James Madison elected President, and George Clinton re-elected Vice-l'resident.
SEVENTH TERJ--Marchi 4, 1813, to March 4, 1817.--Number of electons, 25.
James Madison re-eiected President, and Elbridge Gerry elected Vice-President.
EIGHTH TORJI- March 4, 1817, to March 4, 1821.-Number of electors, 23.
Jules sluilroe eleceu President, and Lunet D. Tompkins Vice-l’resident.
*NIXTH TERU-March 4, 1821, to March 4, 1825.–Number of electors, 25.
TENTH TERM-March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829.-Number of sectors, 28.
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.
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.
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.
Martin Van Buren elected President, and Richard M. Johnson Vice-l'resident.
FOURTEENTH TERM–March 4, 1841, to March 4, 1845.-Number of electors. 30.
William H. Harrisou elected fresident, and John Tyler Vice-President.
*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.