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Posted By: Little Hawk
31-Aug-07 - 01:03 AM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
This is really interesting! The site has a summary of all the American presidential elections from 1792 on. Click on the year to get the summary. Several of the early ones were not even contested! They were more like coronations than elections. In some of them certain of the electors voted differently than their constituents had authorized them to, thus failing to represent the views of the people! There's some very surprising stuff as one goes through it year by year.

Entire history of all USA presidential elections


There were also no political parties at the beginning, so it wasn't a choice between parties at all, but between individuals who were selected from among their peers (the top politicians of the day).

Parties came along soon enough, though. The Federalist Party was a major player early on, but fell into disfavour after a few elections and then vanished altogether. Thomas Jefferson's Democratic Republicans (how about that?) were an early challenger to the Federalists, and eventually drove the Federalists from the stage entirely. They became what we now know as the Democratic Party. The Republican Party of today did not have its beginnings until 1854, and their time in power began with Abraham Lincoln.