1796 United States presidential election

3rd quadrennial U.S. presidential election

The 1796 presidential election was between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. John Adams was elected as president and Thomas Jefferson was elected as Vice President.

1796 United States presidential election

← 1792 November 4 – December 7, 1796 1800 →

138 members of the Electoral College[a]
70 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout20.1%[1] Increase 13.8 pp
  Official Presidential portrait of John Adams (by John Trumbull, circa 1792).jpg ThomasJeffersonStateRoomPortrait.jpg
Nominee John Adams Thomas Jefferson

(Elected Vice President)

Party Federalist Democratic-Republican
Home state Massachusetts Virginia
Running mate Thomas Pinckney Aaron Burr
Electoral vote 71 68
States carried 9 7
Popular vote 35,726 31,115
Percentage 53.4% 46.6%

Presidential election results map. Green denotes states won by Jefferson and burnt orange denotes states won by Adams. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes cast by each state.

President before election

George Washington

Elected President

John Adams


  1. One Maryland elector cast his two votes for Adams and Jefferson, bringing the total between them to 139 votes.


  1. "National General Election VEP Turnout Rates, 1789-Present". United States Election Project. CQ Press.

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