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POPULAR VOTE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR PRESIDENT 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 Commonwealth. Some were obtained from old newspapers, files and other publications 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 vote given is for the elector receiving the highest vote on each ticket, in one or two cases it is the average vote for cach set of electors, but since 1868 the vote for the first elector on the respective tickets is given.
Wednesday, January 7, 1789:
George Washington (seven counties missing),
Note: The first election for Presidential electors was held on the first Wednesday of
The total of 5,930 given above is the vote cast in all the counties of the State except
Tuesday, November 6, 1792:
George Washington, Federalist (Henry electors, four counties missing),
Friday, November 4, 1796: Thomas Jefferson, Republican, John Adams, Federalist,
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 proclamation 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 between the two houses as to the method of electing the electors, passed an act, which was approved by the Governor on December 1, 1800, providing for the naming of eight candidates for presidential electors by each House, and the selection 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 fifteen (the number to which Pennsylvania was then entitled), were elected as presidential electors to represent Pennsylvania, in the choosing of a President and Vice-President 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, Charles C. Pinckney, Federalist,
Friday, November 4, 1808: James Madison, Republican, Charles C. Pinckney. Federalist,
Friday October 80, 1812: Junes Madison, Republican, De Witt Clinton, Federalist,
Friday, November 1, 1816: James Monroe, Republican, Rufus King. Federalist,
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 3, 1820:
Friday, October 29. 1824:
Friday, October 31, 1828:
Friday, November 2, 1832:
Friday, November 4, 1836: Martin Van Buren, Democratic, William H. Harrison, Whig,
Friday, October 30, 1840: William H. Harrison, Whig, Martin Van Buren, Democratic, 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 143,990, making the difference between the highest Van Buren elector and the lowest Harrison elector but 206.
Friday, November 1, 1844:
Tuesday, November 7, 1848:
Zachary Taylor, Whig,
Tuesday, November 2, 1852:
Franklin Pierce, Democratic,
Tuesday, November 4, 1856: James Buchanan. Democratic, John C. Fremont, Republican, Millard Fil.more, American,
Millard Fillmore, American (straight ticket),
Tuesday, November 6, 1860:
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 of John C. Fremont o. Millard Fillmore. The total vote cast for the twenty-six Union Electors was 203,534. Of the vote for the twenty-seventh elector, John C. Fremont received 147,286, and Millard Fillmore 55,852. The 3d set of electors was $1 straight ticket in the interest of Millard Fillmore, American, 26,337 votes being cast for said set of electors.
Tuesday, November 8, 1864: Abraham Lincoln, Republican, George B. McClellan, Deinocratic,
Tuesday, November 3 1868: Ulysses S. Grant, Republican, Horatio Seymour, Democratic,
Tuesday, November 5, 1872: Ulysses S. Grant, Republican, Horace Greeley, Lib. Democratic, James Black, Temperance,
Tuesday, November 7, 1876:
R. B. Hayes, Republican,
Tuesday, November 2, 1880:
Tuesday, November 4, 1884. Grover Cleveland, Democratic, James G. Blaine, Republican, Benjamin F. Butler, Greenback, John P. St. John, Prohibition,
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 President, and Hobart for Vice President. In the case of Democratic and FreeSilver 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:
Tuesday, November 8, 1904:
Charles Hunter Corregan, Socialist Labor,
Tuesday, November 3, 1908: William H. Taft, Republican, William J. Bryan, Democratic, Eugene W. Chain, Prohibition, Eugene V. Debs, Socialist, Thomas L. Hisgen, Independence, August Gillhaus, Socialist Labor,
Tuesday, November 5, 1912:
Tuesday, November 7, 1916:
Tuesday, November 2, 1920:
60,964 33,065 350,865
712,665 424,232 27,908
745,779 448,782 36,694
521,784 703,823 42,638
1,218,216 503,843 70,571
42,696 753 15,704 806
THE ELECTORAL VOTE OF PENNSYLVANIA
FIRST TERM-March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1793-Number of electors, 10. President-George Washington, Virginia,
John Hancock, Massachusetts,
George Washington elected President and John Adams Vice-President.
SECOND TERM-March 4, 1793, to March 4, 1797.-Number of electors, 15. President-George Washington, Virginia,
John Adamus, Massachusetts,
George Citon, New York,
George Washington and John Adams re-elected.
THIRD TERM-March 4, 1797, to March 4, 1801.--Number of electors, 15. President John Adams, Massachusetts,
Thomas Jefferson, Virginia,
Thomas Pinckney, South Carolina,
Aaron Burr, New York,
John Adams elected Iresident and Thomas Jefferson Vice-President.
FOURTH TERM-March 4, 1801, to March 4, 1805.-Number of electors, 15. President Thomas Jefferson, Virginia,
Aaron Burr, New York,
John Adams, Massachusetts,
C. C. Pinckney, South Carolina,
The vote for Thomas Jeferson and Aaron Burr being equal, no choice was made by the people. The House of Representatives proceeded to the choice of President, when Thomas Jefferson was elected President, and Aaron Burr, Vice-President.
FIFTH TERM--March 4, 1805, to March 4, 1809.-Number of electors, 20.
Previous to this election two persons were voted for, the highest being President, the next Vice-President, the Constitution was amended as it now stands. Thomas Jefferson re-elected President, and George Cinton elected Vice-President.
SIXTH TERM-March 4, 1809, to March 4, 1813.-Number of electors, 20.
James Madison elected President, and George Clinton re-elected Vice-l'resident,
SEVENTH TERM-March 4, 1813, to March 4, 1817.-Number of electors, 25.
James Madison re-elected President, and Elbridge Gerry elected Vice-President.
EIGHTH TERM-March 4, 1817, to March 4, 1821.-Number of electors, 23.
James Monroe elected President, and Lamel D. Tompkins Vice-President.
NINTH TERM-March 4, 1821, to March 4, 1825.-Number of electors, 25.
James Monroe re-elected President, and Daniel D. Tompkins Vice-President.
TENTH TERM-March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829.-Number of sectors, 28.
Neither candidate for the Presidency having received a majority of the electoral votes, it devolved upon the House of Representatives to choose from the three highest on list voted for, who were Andrew Jackson, Tennessee. John Quincy Adams, Massachusetts, and William H. Crawford, Georgia. John Quincy Adams was chosen.
John Quincy Adams elected President, and John C. Calnoum Vice-President.
ELEVENTH TERM-March 4, 1829, to March 4, 1833.-Number of electors, 28.
Andrew Jackson elected President, and John C. Calhoun re-elected Vice-President,
TWELFTH TERM-March 4, 1833, to March 4, 1837.-Number of electors, 30.
Andrew Jackson re-elected President, and Martin Van Buren, New York elected Vice-
THIRTEENTH TERM-March 4, 1887, to March 4, 1841.-Number of electors, 30.
Martin Van Buren elected President, and Richard M. Johnson Vice-President,
FOURTEENTH TERM-March 4, 1841, to March 4, 1845.-Number of electors, 30.
William H. Harrison elected President, and John Tyler Vice-President.
Twenty-five electors were elected but one of the electors died previous to the meeting of the electoral college, making the vote 24 as given.