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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1848 - 12:00pm
Polls Open November 07, 1848 - 06:00am
Polls Close November 07, 1848 - 08:00pm
Term Start March 04, 1849 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1853 - 12:00pm
Turnout 19.74% Total Population
ContributorPicimpalious
Last ModifiedChronicler November 08, 2008 06:49pm
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James Knox Polk entered the Presidency in 1845 with four objectives. He wanted to reduce the tariff, re-establish the independent treasury system, confirm American control over the Oregon lands, and acquire California. He accomplished all four objectives. The last of these four objectives required a war with Mexico.

Although the American army won the Mexican War quickly, the political repercussions remained for a whole generation. David Wilmot, a Democratic U.S. Representative from PA, offered a proviso that slavery would be forbidden in lands acquired as a result of the war. Many Northerners, who had never supported the war, did support the Wilmot Proviso. The New York Democratic Party split into two factions, each sending a full delegation to the National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention of 1848 was unclear how to proceed with the two New York delegations. After hours of debate, the convention voted to seat both delegations and give the delegates a half vote each. Both New York delegations rejected the compromise, and on each ballot New York cast 36 abstaining votes. The eventual winner of the presidential nomination, Lewis Cass, had lived in Zanesville earlier.

At the Whig National Convention, the sectional division was also apparent. On the first ballot, Zachary Taylor carried the southern states while Clay, Webster, and Winfield Scott divided the northern states. Enough Clay delegates defected to grant the nomination to Taylor on the fourth ball

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/05/1844
NameJames Knox Polk Votes1,339,494 (49.54%)
Term03/04/1845 - 03/04/1849 Margin39,490 (+1.46%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/02/1852
NameFranklin Pierce Votes1,607,510 (50.84%)
Term03/04/1853 - 03/04/1857 Margin220,568 (+6.98%)
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Name Zachary Taylor Sen. Lewis Cass, Sr. President Martin Van Buren Gerrit Smith Others Sen. Henry Clay  
PartyWhig Democratic Free Soil Liberty Independent Whig  
Certified Votes1,361,393 (47.28%) 1,223,460 (42.49%) 291,501 (10.12%) 2,545 (0.09%) 196 (0.01%) 92 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -137,933 (-4.79%) -1,069,892 (-37.16%) -1,358,848 (-47.20%) -1,361,197 (-47.28%) -1,361,301 (-47.28%)  
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