Alternative History

The United States Presidential Election of 1804 was the seventh U.S. presidential election and the first under the Twelth Amendment. In this election, President Thomas Jefferson faced Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.


Democratic-Republican party nomination[]

Democratic-Republicans candidates

  • Thomas Jefferson, President of the United State from Virginia

President Jefferson was re-nominated unopposed and New Governor George Clinton was nominated for VP over Kentucky Senator John Breckinridge.

Presidential Ballot 1 Vice Presidential Ballot 1
Thomas Jefferson 108 George Clinton 61
John Breckinridge 47

Federalist party nomination[]

Federalist candidates

  • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, former U.S. Secretary of State from South Carolina

The Federalist's had little hope of winning and nominated Pinckney. Former NY Senator Rufus King was nominated for VP.

General election[]

Jefferson was very popular because of the Louisiana purchase and was re-elected in a landslide.


Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate Running mate's home state Running mate's electoral vote
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Virginia 112,753 (69.6%) 171 George Clinton New York 171
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Federalist South Carolina 49,167 (30.4%) 14 Rufus King New York 14
Total - - 161,919 (100.0%) 215 - - 215

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