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1848 US Presidential Election

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The election of 1848 was the sixteenth presidential election in the United States. The major candidates in the race were Whig Party nominee, Zachary Taylor, and Lewis Cass of the Democratic Party. Zachary Taylor narrowly defeated Lewis Cass to become the twelfth President of the United States.

The Whig Party nominated Zachary Taylor, a former military general who had fought in the Mexican-American War. His experience made him a highly desirable candidate, and both major political parties wanted him on their side. Millard Fillmore of New York was selected to be his running mate.

Incumbent President James K. Polk had not intended to run for reelection in the 1848 election, and had accomplished everything he had set out to accomplish during his term. He developed health issues, and died a few months after the end of his term. The Democratic Party instead selected Lewis Cass as their presidential candidate. Cass, like election frontrunner Zachary Taylor, had a military background. William Orlando Butler, who served with Taylor in the Mexican-American War, to be his running mate.

The Free Soil Party formed as a single-issue third party in 1848 for the abolition of slavery. The Free Soil Party chose Martin Van Buren as their presidential nominee, with Charles Francis Adams (the son of John Quincy Adams) as his running mate.

Slavery was an important issue during the 1848 election. Four new states and large territories expanded the country at the end of the Mexican-American War that year, upsetting the balance between pro-slavery states and states in favor of abolition. Cass was in favor of the annexation of Texas, however, leading to suspicions about pro-slavery views. The Democratic Party decided not to focus on the issue during their campaign. The party was split over which side it would take, and this indecision would prove detrimental to the campaign.

The 1848 election was the first presidential election in the United States to hold Election Day on the same day in every state across the country. The Tuesday after the first Monday in November was designated as the official Election Day for the country, a custom which is still used today. The election of 1848 was held on November 7.

Zachary Taylor defeated Lewis Cass with 163 of the 290 total electoral votes, though the margin of victory was much slimmer in the popular vote count. The Free Soil Party, while they did not receive any electoral votes, did receive a substantial percentage of popular votes, which would probably have gone to the Democratic Party.

Taylor died about sixteen months into his term, on July 9, 1850. He was succeeded by his vice president, Millard Fillmore

Presidential CandidateHome StatePartyElectoral VotesRunning Mate
Zachary TaylorLouisianaWhig163Millard Fillmore
Lewis CassMichiganDemocratic127William O. Butler
Martin Van BurenNew YorkFree Soil0Charles F. Adams
Total  290

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