Presidential election in the United States 1896
|‹ 1892 • • 1900 ›|
|28th presidential election|
|November 3, 1896|
|William McKinley / Garret Hobart|
|William J. Bryan / Arthur Sewall|
|Election results by state|
McKinley / Hobart
Bryan / Sewall
|President of the United States|
The presidential election in the United States of November 3, 1896 was won by Republican William McKinley and his running mate as a candidate for the vice-presidency Garret Hobart . Her rivals were Democrat William Jennings Bryan and Arthur Sewall, who was running for Vice President . Bryan owed his nomination to an enthusiastically received party conference speech in which he warned against forcing the working population under a "cross of gold".
This election battle is considered by historians to be one of the most dramatic in American history . McKinley, who led a Front Porch Campaign , formed a coalition that included businessmen, professionals, skilled factory workers and wealthy farmers; so it received many votes in the industrial Northeast and Midwest . Bryan, only 36 years old, the youngest candidate for president in history, was the candidate of the Democrats, the Populist Party and the "Silver Republicans" . He advocated a move away from the gold standard and received the most votes in the South, the rural Midwest, and the Rocky Mountain states. Ultimately, McKinley won 23 states, Bryan 22. The difference in votes in the Electoral College was 271: 176, but more clearly in favor of the Republicans.
- Karl Rove : The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. Simon and Schuster, New York 2015, ISBN 978-1-4767-5295-2 .
- Donald Richard Deskins, Hanes Walton, Sherman C. Puckett: Presidential Elections, 1789-2008: County, State, and National Mapping of Election Data. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2010, ISBN 978-0-472-11697-3 , pp. 257-266 (= Chapter 30: William McKinley's Initial Election. ).
- William D. Harpine: From the Front Porch to the Front Page: McKinley and Bryan in the 1896 Presidential Campaign. 2nd Edition. Texas A&M University Press, College Station (TX) 2006, ISBN 1-58544-450-2 .
- Daniel Klinghard: The Nationalization of American Political Parties, 1880-1896 . Cambridge University Press, New York City 2010, ISBN 978-0-521-19281-1 , p. 228