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  US President - FS Convention #1
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OfficePresident
TypeFree Soil Primary Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1848 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open June 22, 1848 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close June 22, 1848 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1849 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1853 - 12:00pm
ContributorChronicler
Last ModifiedRalphie January 11, 2009 12:35pm
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Initial Free Soil National Ticket, 1848

Presidential Nominee
Vice Presidential Nominee
Former US President
Martin Van Buren NY
U.S. Sen.
Henry Dodge WI
(Declined to run)

Background of the Free Soil Party

The Democratic Party divided in New York State in 1847. Supporters of President Polk had identified Silas Wright as a threat, and they worked to undermine his influence among Democrats in the state. His death contributed to anti-slavery sentiment in the party. The division came to a head during the state Democratic convention in 1847. Polk partisans, already coming to be called the Hunkers, won a narrow victory over the former Wright faction, now called the Barnburners. In response, the Barnburners boycotted the only statewide race of 1847, helping Millard Fillmore (the Whig nominee) win the race for state comptroller. [Boston MA Daily Atlas, 11/24/1847]

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won12/04/1844
NameJames K. Polk Votes170 (61.82%)
Term03/04/1845 - 03/04/1849 Margin65 (+23.64%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyWhig Won12/06/1848
NameZachary Taylor Votes163 (56.21%)
Term03/04/1849 - 07/09/1850 Margin36 (+12.41%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceUS President 12/06/1848
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