The 1807 United States Presidential Election saw Prime Minister James Madison face-off against former Secretary of State Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.


Democratic-Republican party nomination

Democratic-Republican candidates

  • George Clinton, Vice President of the United States from New York
  • James Madison, U.S. Prime Minister from Virginia

President Thomas Jefferson decided not to seek a third term and designated Madison as his succeessor. Madison was nominated over Clinton, while Clinton got the nod for a second term as VP.

1807 Democratic-Republican Caucus

Presidential ballot 1 Vice-presidential 1
James Madison 87 George Clinton 91
George Clinton 19 Henry Dearborn 15

Federalist party nomination

Federalist candidates

  • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, former U.S. Secretary of State and 1804 presidential nominee from South Carolina

The Federalists were dispirted and nominated the 1804 ticket of Pinckney/King.

General election

The Jefferson years had been marked by great proseraty and Madison easily defeated Pinckney.


Six faithless New York electors voted for Clinton.

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate Running mate's home state Reunning mate's electoral vote
James Madison Democratic-Republican Virginia 138,003 (63.0%) 125 George Clinton New York 125
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Federalist South Carolina 81,324 (37.0%) 84 Rufus King New York 84
George Clinton Democratic-Republican New York - 6 James Madison Virginia 6
Total - - 219,327 (100.0%) 215 - - 215

See also

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