1916 United States presidential election

33rd quadrennial U.S. presidential election

The 1916 United States presidential election was the 34th election in the history of the United States. It occurred on November 7, 1916. This election was between Incumbent President since 1913, Woodrow Wilson from New Jersey and former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from New York Charles E. Hughes. Wilson won the election by a close margin gaining 277 electoral votes. Charles E. Hughes got 254 electoral votes.

1916 United States presidential election

← 1912 November 7, 1916 1920 →

531 members of the Electoral College
266 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout61.8%[1] Increase 2.8 pp
Nominee Woodrow Wilson Charles Evans Hughes
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New Jersey New York
Running mate Thomas R. Marshall Charles W. Fairbanks
Electoral vote 277 254
States carried 30 28
Popular vote 9,126,868 8,548,728
Percentage 49.2% 46.1%

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Wilson/Marshall, red denotes those won by Hughes/Fairbanks. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

Woodrow Wilson

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson

This election was the closest for any President since the election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J, Tilden. If Hughes had won either California or Missouri, he would have become the 29th President.

Candidates change

Republican Party change

  • Charles E. Hughes, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from New York (1910-1916) (Nominee)
  • John W. Weeks, Senator from Massachusetts (1913-1919)
  • Elihu Root, Former Senator from New York (1909-1915)
  • Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States from New York (1901-1909)
  • Robert M. La Follette, Senator from Wisconsin (1906-1924)
  • Albert M. Cummings, Senator from Iowa (1908-1926)
  • Theodore Burton, Former Senator from Ohio (1909-1915)
  • Charles W. Fairbanks. 26th Vice-President of the United States from Indiana (1905-1909) (Vice-Presidential Nominee)
  • Martin G. Brumbaugh, Governor of Pennsylvania (1915-1919) (Favorite son Candidate)
  • Lawrence Y. Sherman, Senator from Illinois (1913-1921) (Favorite son Candidate)
  • Henry Ford, businessman, industrailist, peace activist, and philanthropist from Michigan (1891-1945) (Favorite son Candidate)

Democratic Party change

  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States (1913-1921) (Incumbent) (Nominee) (Unopposed)

References change

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