Presidential Election 1812

The Presidential election in 1812 was one of the more interesting in our history.  James Madison was running for re-election on the Jeffersonian Republican ticket.  Dewitt Clinton, who was simultaneously Mayor of New York and Lieutenant Governor of New York, received the nomination of a dissident faction of the Jeffersonian Republicans, along with the nomination of the dying Federalist party.

A tribute to how poor communications were between the sections of the nation at that time, Dewitt Clinton ran in the Northeast as opposed to the War of 1812 and in the South and West as a champion of a more vigorous prosecution of the War.  Madison won an electoral vote landslide of 128-89.  The popular vote was quite close with less than 8,000 votes out of the more than 270,000 cast separating the two candidates.  There was a clear regional split, with Clinton capturing every state in New England, except for Vermont, and also taking New York and New Jersey, with Madison winning the rest of the country.

Published in: on August 24, 2012 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Presidential Election 1812  
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