Presidential election in the United States 1896

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28th presidential election
November 3, 1896

William McKinley by Courtney Art Studio, 1896.jpg
Republican Party
William McKinley / Garret Hobart
electors 271  
be right 7,104,779  
Democratic Party
William J. Bryan / Arthur Sewall
electors 176  
be right 6,502,925  

Election results by state
Map of election results by state
  23 states  
McKinley / Hobart
  22 states  
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.

Web links

Commons : US Presidential Election 1896  - Collection of Pictures, Videos, and Audio Files


  • 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 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ 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