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The 1810 United States Presidential Election saw incumbent President James Madison running for re-election against former New York Senator Rufus King.

Nominations[]

Democratic-Republican party nomination[]

Democratic-Republican candidates

  • James Madison, President of the United State from Virginia

President Madison was renominated without opposition. However, there was a battle as to who Madison's running mate should be. The four leading candidates were; former NYC Mayor DeWitt Clinton, New Hampshire Governor John Langdon, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry, and U.S. Minister to Russia John Quincy Adams. Langdon and Clinton were seen as front-runners, with Gerry and Adams as possibe compromise choices. In the balloting, Clinton and Langdon held the lead until deadlock forced the caucus to choose Gerry.

1810 Democratic-Republican Caucus

Presidential ballot 1 Vice-presidential ballot 1 2 3 4 5 6
James Madison 89 John Langdon 37 39 34 29 15 5
DeWitt Clinton 30 31 32 34 37 38
Elbridge Gerry 16 16 20 25 37 46
John Quincy Adams 6 3 3 1 0 0

Federalist party nomination[]

Federalist candidates

  • Rufus King, former U.S. senator and 1807 and 1810 vice-presidential nominee from New York

The Federalists hoped to use the British confisaction of American ships as a campaign issue. So they nominated former NY Senator and 04' & 07' VP nominee Rufus King for president. Former North carolina Governor William Davie was nominated for vice president.

General election[]

In spite of problems with Britain, Madison and his party maintained control of the government.

Results[]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate Running mate's home state Running mate's electoral vote
James Madison Democratic-Republican Virginia 170,908 (53.6%) 123 Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts 123
Rufus King Federalist New York 157,964 (46.4%) 92 William Davie North Carolina 92
Total - - 318,872 (100.0%) 215 - - 215

See also[]

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