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Sixteenth American presidential election of 1848

1848 election map

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The 1848 election took place on Tuesday, November 7, 1848. It was the first election that took place on one single day throughout the nation.


Final tickets

Campaining & major issues

President James Polk was a popular president but had promised to only serve one term. He was able to get half of Oregon and get a huge amount of land in the south-west from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. The Whigs had initially criticized the war, but in the election had to support it as Zachary Taylor was widely known for being a military general in it. However, he hadn't even voted in an election and wasn't political. His popularity wasn't because he was a Whig, but because he was a war hero. There wasn't huge campaining in 1848 because there weren't any big issues.

Electoral college & turn-out

The electoral college grew to 290 votes; 146 needed to win. 2,879,184 people voted in this election.


First place (winner): Zachary Taylor & Millard Fillmore

163/290 electoral votes

47.28% of the popular vote

Second place: Lewis Cass & William Butler

127/290 electoral votes

42.49% of the popular vote

Third place: Martin Van Buren & Charles Adams

No electoral votes

10.12% of the popular vote

Other attributions (listed from top to bottom)

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N. Currier (firm), New York, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Nathaniel Currier firm, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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