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1848 Election Results Polk VS Clay
As a result of the Mexican American War, the United States gained considerable additional territory. The question of whether to make the new area free or slave became the single most significant political issue. This issue framed the election of 1848.
As a war hero, Zachary Taylor was a clear favorite at the Whig convention in June 1848. He received the needed two-thirds of the votes on the fourth ballot. The Democrats nominated Lewis Cass as their presidential candidate.
Taylor said very little on the question of whether slavery should be extended or not. Taylor did, however, own 200 slaves. His views were inferred from his actions. Cass, on the other hand, supported the belief that each territory should decide for itself whether to allow slavery. Van Buren ran as a third-party candidate on the Free Soil ticket, in total opposition to the expansion of slavery.
This presidential campaign was characteristic of the campaigns of the times, with each side slinging mud at the other. Taylor was attacked as a military autocrat, and the Democrats went on to call Taylor "semi-literate." The Whigs responded by calling Cass a "vagabond of evil."
Van Buren decided the election. Although the ex-President did not win any states, 10% of the vote that he did receive was enough to ensure Taylor's victory.
1848 United States presidential election in Alabama
The 1848 United States presidential election in Alabama took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
Alabama voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor. Cass won Alabama by a margin of 1.12%.
|1848 United States presidential election in Alabama  |
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Popular vote||Electoral vote|
|Democratic||Lewis Cass of Michigan||William O. Butler of Kentucky||31,173||50.56%||9||100.00%|
|Whig||Zachary Taylor of Louisiana||Millard Fillmore of New York||30,482||49.43%||0||0.00%|
- ^"1848 Presidential General Election Results - Alabama". U.S. Election Atlas . Retrieved December 24, 2013 .
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Origins of the Free Soil Party
The heated controversy prompted by the Wilmot Proviso in 1846 set the stage for the Free Soil Party to quickly organize and participate in presidential politics two years later. The brief amendment to a congressional spending bill related to the Mexican War would have prohibited enslavement in any territory acquired by the United States from Mexico.
Though the restriction never actually became law, the passage of it by the House of Representatives led to a firestorm. Southerners were enraged by what they considered an attack on their way of life.
The influential senator from South Carolina, John C. Calhoun, responded by introducing a series of resolutions in the U.S. Senate stating the position of the South: that enslaved people were property, and the federal government could not dictate where or when citizens of the nation could take their property.
In the North, the issue of whether enslavement could spread westward split both major political parties, the Democrats, and the Whigs. In fact, the Whigs were said to have split into two factions, the “Conscience Whigs” who were anti-enslavement, and the “Cotton Whigs,” who were not opposed to enslavement.
The Slavery Issue: The Election of 1848
Crisis. Neither the Wilmot Proviso nor the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo settled what was becoming the most convulsive political question of the day: whether slavery would spread into territory gained from Mexico. As the presidential election of 1848 approached, many Americans looked to the electoral system to decide the matter, and since President Polk decided not to seek reelection, the field was wide open.
The Liberty Party. First to make a formal nomination was the abolitionist Liberty Party. Although riven with strife over how radical a program to pursue, the political abolitionists of the Liberty Party agreed with the principle of the Wilmot Proviso. The party convention endorsed the Proviso and named John P. Hale, a former Democratic senator from New Hampshire, for president.
Calhoun and “ Southern Rights. ” On the other side of the spectrum, John C. Calhoun staked out a firm “ Southern rights ” position based on his Senate resolutions. Calhoun articulated in 1848 what secessionists would repeat in 1860: that the Constitution itself protects the right of property and that no law passed by Congress can ever tell a man where he can or cannot take his property.
Democrats and “ Popular Sovereignty. ” The Democratic Party tried to diffuse “ Southern rights ” and the slavery issue with a compromise called “ popular sovereignty. ” Identified in 1848 with the candidacy of Lewis Cass of Michigan, popular sovereignty left it to a territory ’ s settlers whether or not to allow slavery within its borders. However, Cass and the Democrats remained vague about the details they never took an official position on precisely when or how settlers were to make the choice. Would it happen only after settlers had passed through the territorial stage and drawn up a state constitution? Or as soon as the territory was organized? The answers to
these questions were critical. In the first case settlers would presumably have been in the territory for some time, giving a new institution such as slavery time to take hold. For this reason Southerners tended to assume that this was what was meant by popular sovereignty. If the decision was made at the initial organizational stage, as many Northerners assumed it would be, there could be at most a few slaves and slave owners in a given territory since under Mexican law slavery had been abolished. When the Democratic convention met and nominated Cass, delegates from two state delegations walked out in protest: Alabama because slavery ’ s future was not guaranteed in the platform, and New York because its favorite son, the former president Martin Van Buren, was passed over for the nomination.
Another Whig War Hero. The Whigs chose a more successful strategy: nominate a popular candidate and offer no platform whatsoever. The popular candidate was a hero of the Mexican War, Gen. Zachary Taylor, who was chosen despite his refusal to state an opinion on any contested topic. The Whigs were hoping to duplicate their success in 1840, when they nominated a popular general (William Henry Harrison), issued very few policy statements, and glided to victory. Another plus for the pro-Taylor faction, known as “ Cotton ” Whigs, was the fact that the candidate was a Louisiana planter who owned more than one hundred slaves. This situation no doubt promised to help the struggling party in the Southern states, but it was enough to drive antislavery partisans, who were known as “ Conscience ” Whigs, out of the party.
Free Soil Party. Almost immediately after the Whigs nominated Taylor, disgruntled Conscience Whigs such as Salmon P. Chase and Charles Sumner started talking about forming a new antislavery party with a broader political base than the abolitionist Liberty Party. The Van Buren wing of the Democratic party, many of whom had sponsored and supported the Wilmot Proviso, were extremely receptive to the idea. So members of all three groups — Conscience Whigs, Van Buren Democrats, and Liberty Men — held a convention in Buffalo in August 1848 to form the Free Soil Party. Pious abolitionists mingled with Democratic politicos, free blacks, and Whig Brahmins under the main tent while in the background a committee worked out the platform and candidates. The platform combined Liberty Party pronouncements ( “ No more Slave States and no more slave Territories ” ) with popular Democratic planks such as a call for free homesteads. The organizers also unveiled a catchy slogan: “ Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor, Free Men. ” For president, the party nominated former president Van Buren for vice president, the Whig (and son and grandson of presidents) Charles Francis Adams.
Van Buren. Many seasoned abolitionists doubted whether Van Buren — who as president had supported purging the mails of abolitionist materials and automatically tabling antislavery petitions sent to Congress — was a changed man. Van Buren, however, had decided the time had come to take a stand against what free soilers called the Slave Power. “ The minds of nearly all mankind, ” declared Van Buren, “ have been penetrated by a conviction of the evils of slavery. ”
Southern Choice. The campaign itself was divided. In the North both the Whig and Democratic parties claimed to support the Wilmot Proviso in the South, Democrats pointed to the thousands of square miles of new slave territory their party had delivered. The Whig war hero Taylor proved to be by far the strongest candidate in the South. “ Will the people of [the South] vote for a Southern President or a Northern one?, ” asked Southern newspapers. In an ominous sequel to the votes on the Proviso, Southern Democratic voters jumped parties to vote for the slaveholder Taylor.
Another Victory for Taylor. When the votes were counted, Taylor carried eight of the fifteen slave states and seven of the fifteen free states. The Free Soil Party polled 290,000 votes (about 10 percent of the total, 14 percent in the North), enough to throw New York State and the election to Taylor. The new antislavery coalition also elected nine congressmen and two U.S. senators, the Ohioan Chase and Sumner of Massachusetts, who would carry the Free Soil message to Washington. No longer would the slavery issue be pushed to the political sidelines.
The Free Soil Campaign of 1848
Many people have blamed the “third party” campaign of Ralph Nader as the reason Al Gore lost the election of 2000 to George W. Bush. This may or not be true, although Nader certainly gained almost all his votes at Gore’s expense and cost him at least two states, Florida and New Hampshire with a victory in either of those two states, Gore would have won the election.
But Ralph Nader is not the first “third party” candidate to change the outcome of an election. We will define “third party” to be any independent party whose candidate wins electoral votes or a significant number of popular votes to affect the outcome of the election, or come very close to doing so. In one or two elections, third party candidates have come close to achieving their goal, but in one or two, they have actually changed the final result of the election.
The first true “third party” to change the result of a presidential election was the Free Soil Party in 1848. The two major parties in this election were the Democratic Party (the same one of today) and the Whig Party (in many ways the forerunner of the modern Republican Party).
The Whigs, having lost in previous elections with their leading politicians, this time nominated Mexican War hero Zachary Taylor. Taylor had no political experience, had never voted in an election and, until the Whig Party nominated him, had no political party affiliation or preference. The election was expected to be close, and New York, with its 36 electoral votes, would be the key to the election. The two parties were very close in New York, so the Whigs nominated the top Whig vote getter in the state, Millard Fillmore, for Vice President to help win that crucial state. The Democrats nominated popular Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan.
Many Democrats in New York were opposed to slavery and to their party’s neutral position on slavery. Other Democrats often called them barnburners, comparing them to a farmer who burns down his barn to get rid of the rats in it. This faction, along with other anti-slavery groups, formed the Free Soil Party. Their platform called for the protection of slavery where it already existed, but prohibited any further spread of slavery into the territories. They nominated former President Martin Van Buren to head their ticket.
Martin Van Buren, a former governor of the state, was the leader of the Democratic Party in New York and had been for many years. He had helped found the new party in the 1820s and had helped carry the state for Andrew Jackson in the election of 1828. For this, Jackson made him Secretary of State. Van Buren served as Jackson’s second Vice President and, with Jackson’s support, was elected President when Jackson retired.
Van Buren had been defeated for re-election in 1840. When he tried to make a comeback in 1844, he was defeated for the Democratic nomination by James K. Polk who had gone on to win the election. In 1848, Van Buren, long known for “fence-sitting” and trying to please all factions by compromise, had announced his strong opposition to slavery. This made him a very attractive candidate for the anti-slavery Free Soil Party.
Van Buren ran a strong, active campaign and took over 10% of the total popular vote. Although he did not win any electoral votes, he did have a profound effect on the voting in New York. As the most popular Democrat in the state, and with his many contacts among political leaders, Van Buren’s presence on the ticket split the majority Democratic vote in New York. Van Buren took 26.4% (120,497 votes) of the votes in New York. Cass, the regular Democratic candidate, took 25.1% (114,319 votes) of the vote in New York. Taylor, the Whig candidate, took 47.9% (218,583 votes), and won the state by a plurality, and with it the 36 electoral votes that made him the next President of the United States.
Had Van Buren not been on the ballot, most if not all of his votes would have gone to Cass, and Cass would have won New York’s electoral votes and the election. As it is, Van Buren actually took more votes than Cass in the state. With the Democratic majority split, Taylor won the state and the election.
Van Buren had a similar effect on the outcome in three other states: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. In all three states, Van Buren split the Democratic majority, giving the Whigs a plurality victory and all of the electoral votes from those states. In Massachusetts and Vermont, he again took more votes than Cass. It is safe to say that Van Buren took the election from fellow-Democrat Cass and gave it to the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor.
Senator Lewis Cass must have felt much like former Vice President Gore did, only more so. Gore has every right to feel that Ralph Nader cost him the election. For Cass, it must have been even more frustrating in that Van Buren was a member of his own Democratic Party and a former leader of the party. Our electoral system limits the effect of third parties. Third parties rarely influence elections to this degree, but it has happened in the past, and as we saw in this past election, can always happen again.
An extra note: A third party candidate has changed the outcome of the election in other elections, most notably the famous “Bull Moose” campaign of 1912. In that election, Republican Teddy Roosevelt ran as the Progressive, or Bull Moose, candidate splitting the Republican majority with William Howard Taft thereby allowing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win the election with a plurality of the popular vote.
 Whig Party nomination
Mexican-American War General Zachary Taylor of Louisiana, spurred by his successes on the battlefield but who had never voted in an election himself, was openly courted by both the Democratic and Whig parties. Taylor ultimately declared himself a Whig, and easily took their nomination, receiving 171 delegate votes to defeat Henry Clay, Winfield Scott, Daniel Webster and others. After Webster turned down the vice presidential candidacy, Millard Fillmore received the party's nomination for Vice President.
 Democratic Party nomination
The Democrats countered by nominating Lewis Cass, who had served as Governor and Senator for Michigan, as well as Secretary of War under Andrew Jackson, and from 1836-1842 as ambassador to France. General William Orlando Butler was nominated to join Cass on the ticket, garnering 169 delegate votes to defeat five other candidates, including future Vice President William Rufus deVane King and future Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The Democrats chose a platform that remained silent on slavery, and with Cass suspected of pro-slavery leanings, many anti-slavery Democrats walked out of the Baltimore convention to begin the Free Soil party.
 Free Soil Party nomination
A third party, the Free Soil Party, was organized for the 1848 election to oppose further expansion of slavery into the western territories. Led by Salmon P. Chase and John Parker Hale former President Martin Van Buren defeated Hale by a 154-129 delegate count to capture their nomination, while Charles Francis Adams, the son and grandson of two other presidents, was chosen as the vice presidential nominee.
1848 United States presidential election in Indiana
The 1848 United States presidential election in Indiana took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
Indiana voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren. Cass won Indiana by a narrow margin of 3.16%.
|1848 United States presidential election in Indiana |
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Popular vote||Electoral vote|
|Democratic||Lewis Cass of Michigan||William O. Butler of Kentucky||74,745||48.93%||12||100.00%|
|Whig||Zachary Taylor of Louisiana||Millard Fillmore of New York||69,907||45.77%||0||0.00%|
|Free Soil||Martin Van Buren of New York||Charles F. Adams, Sr. of Massachusetts||8,100||5.30%||0||0.00%|
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Presidential Election of 1848: A Resource Guide
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1848, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1848 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1848 election and a selected bibliography.
1848 Presidential Election Results 
- On February 14, 1849, the Electoral College votes for the presidential election of 1848 were counted by a joint session of Congress and reported in the Congressional Globe , as well as in the Senate Journal and the House Journal .
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
- "Democratic National Convention," Sunbury American. June 3, 1848.
- "Whig National Convention," Sunbury American. June 17, 1848.
- "Nominees of the Whig Convention," Vermont Watchman and State Journal. June 29, 1848.
- "Gen. Cass and Gen. Taylor," Democratic Banner, July 24, 1848.
- "General Zachary Taylor Elected! The Grand Result," Glasgow Weekly Times, November 16, 1848.
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The American Presidency Project: Election of 1848
The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1848 presidential election. This site also contains the Whig Party Platform and the Democratic Party Platform from 1848.
The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project Web site provides histories of the presidential campaigns from 1840-1860, as well as primary source material, such as campaign biographies and campaign songbooks. Recordings of some of the songs are also available.
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