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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1856 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 04, 1856 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 04, 1856 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1857 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1861 - 12:00pm
Turnout 20.29% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedRBH January 17, 2011 05:24pm
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Tension between the free states and the slave states increased throughout Franklin Pierce’s administration. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas IL introduced a bill to create new territories which would decide on their own whether or not to allow slavery. Douglas’ bill, which became known as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, represented his hope that the slavery issue would be handled locally and not on a national level. Douglas reasoned that popular sovereignty would eventually result in the eradication of slavery from the territories.

In 1854, a new Republican Party was organized in Wisconsin, composed of former Free Soilers, remnants of the northern Whigs, and antislavery Democrats. It immediately became the chief opposition party in the North.

Another new party was organized in the northeast. This new party originated in an oath-bound secret society, whose members responded that they knew nothing about it when asked. Deeply suspicious of foreigners and Catholics, the party was known officially as the American Party but informally as the Know Nothing Party. This party won scores of seats in Congress.

The Republican Party held its first national convention in Philadelphia in 1856. Each state was granted three delegates per electoral vote. Ohio’s John McLean was one of the contenders for the nomination, but the convention chose John C. Fremont instead. William L. Dayton received the VP nod over Abraham Lincoln.

The Democrats met in Cincinnati as the only national politica

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/02/1852
NameFranklin Pierce Votes1,607,510 (50.84%)
Term03/04/1853 - 03/04/1857 Margin220,568 (+6.98%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/06/1860
NameAbraham Lincoln Votes1,866,452 (39.88%)
Term03/04/1861 - 03/04/1865 Margin491,295 (+10.50%)
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Name Ambassador James Buchanan Sen. John Charles Frémont President Millard Fillmore Others Rep. Gerrit Smith Speaker of the House Nathaniel P. Banks  
PartyDemocratic Republican American Independent Independent Independent  
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Uncertified Votes1,836,072 (45.28%) 1,342,345 (33.10%) 873,053 (21.53%) 3,177 (0.08%) 306 (0.01%) 0 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -493,727 (-12.18%) -963,019 (-23.75%) -1,832,895 (-45.20%) -1,835,766 (-45.27%) -1,836,072 (-45.28%)  
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