In the presidential election of 1860, republican and Kentucky-born lawyer Abraham Lincoln was elected as president of the United States. With only 40 percent of the popular vote, Lincoln defeated Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, Constitutional Union Candidate John Bell and Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge in the presidential election of 1860. Having won the election, Abraham Lincoln became the first republican president in U.S. history.
Abraham Lincoln faced off against democratic senator Stephen Douglas in many debates that focused on the issue of slavery during the 1860 senatorial campaign. Even though he lost the Senate race, Lincoln did benefit enormously the national attention both he and the republican party received. The American Civil War began only one month after Lincoln was sworn into office, which was due to the fact that the Southern confederate states were against Lincoln being in office, and because they opposed the idea of slavery being abolished.Learn More
Richard Nixon won the 1972 presidential election for the Republican Party. Nixon won with 97 percent of the states, while Democrat George McGovern only received the electoral votes of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.Full Answer >
The presidential election of 1824 led to the election of John Quincy Adams as the President of the United States, but it also raised concerns over corrupt bargaining. According to votes accumulated by the Electoral College, presidential candidate Andrew Jackson was the first-place winner, securing 99 votes and taking a lead, albeit narrow, over Adams. Determining the race too close to call, Henry Clay, speaker of the House of Representatives, was tasked with selecting a winner; his decision to seat Adams in the White House sparked concerns of corruption and favoritism and was met with criticism and outrage.Full Answer >
Harry Truman was president of the United States from April 12, 1945 until Jan. 20, 1953. As Franklin D. Roosevelt's vice president, Truman became president when Roosevelt died.Full Answer >
John Tyler served as the 10th president of the United States from 1841 to 1845, succeeding William Henry Harrison who died after only one month in office. John Tyler was the first vice-president to take over the office due to the death of a sitting president.Full Answer >