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Thirtieth United States presidential election of 1904

1904 election map

AndyHogan14, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Date

The 1904 election took place on Tuesday, November 8, 1904.

Candidates

  • Republican party
  • Democratic party
  • Socialist party
  • Final tickets

    1904 Republican ticket

    Theodore Roosevelt for president & Charles Fairbanks for vice president

    1904 Democratic ticket

    Alton Parker for president & Henry Davis for vice president

    1904 Socialist ticket

    Eugene Debs for president & Ben Hanford for vice president

    Campaining & major issues

    Shortly after William McKinley's second term began, he was shot by an assassin and died eight days later. Vice president Theodore Roosevelt then took over as president. Roosevelt would turn out to be even more popular than his predecessor. Not only was he charismatic, but he was also progressive and prioritized many things that hadn't been focused on before, such as wildlife conservation and restricting big business. Due to his immense popularity by 1904, it was unlikely the Democrats had a chance, especially as Alton Parker was not as energetic. He called out Roosevelt for being a radical and harming the economy, but these statements were weak in the eyes of a lot of Americans. However, he was still able to get votes from the South, who believed the former claim. The Socialist party, though still not likely having a chance, gained momentum in the 1902 elections and would have Eugene Debs run again.

    Electoral college & turn-out

    The electoral college increased to 476 electors; 239 needed to win. 13,525,002 people voted in this election.

    Results

  • First place (winner): Theodore Roosevelt & Charles Fairbanks
  • Second place: Alton Parker & Henry Davis
  • Third place: Eugene Debs & Ben Hanford
  • Note: 3.02% of the population voted for other candidates.
  • Other attributions (listed from top to bottom)

    Kurz & Allison.., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Heritage Auctions / Kurz & Allison (Chicago), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Socialist Party of America, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


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