1892 Presidential Election

1892 Election Results
  Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
  Grover Cleveland Democratic 277 5,556,918
  Benjamin Harrison (I) Republican 145 5,176,108
  James B. Weaver People's 22 1,027,329
The United States presidential election of 1892 was held on November 8, 1892. Former President Grover Cleveland ran for re-election against the incumbent President Benjamin Harrison also running for re-election. Cleveland defeated Harrison, thus becoming the only person in US history to be elected to a second, non-consecutive presidential term. Cleveland, who had won the popular vote against Harrison in 1888, lost the electoral vote which cost him re-election. He won both the popular and electoral vote in the rematch election.

The campaign centered mainly on the issue of a sound currency. The new Populist Party, formed by groups from the Grange, the Farmers' Alliances, and the Knights of Labor, polled more than a million votes. But Cleveland won easily.

Cleveland also became the first Democrat to be nominated by his party three consecutive times, a distinction that would be equaled only by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 and then exceeded by him in 1944. Although William Jennings Bryan was nominated for a third time in 1908 it was not consecutive with his two other nominations in 1896 and 1900.
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1892 Election Facts
  • Welcome: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming become states during this election cycle
  • Grover Cleveland first (and only) President elected to a 2nd, non-consecutive term
  • Oregon: Voters chose electors directly, with three pledged to Harrison (R) and one to Weaver (P) winning.
  • California: Voters chose electors directly, with eight pledged to Cleveland (D) and one to Harrison (R) winning.
  • Ohio: Voters chose electors directly, with 22 pledged to Harrison (R) and one to Cleveland (D) winning.
  • Michigan: A district-based system was used, similar to ME/NE today. Nine districts voted for Harrison (R), 5 for Cleveland (D).
  • North Dakota: Voters chose electors directly, with two pledged to Weaver (P) and one to Harrison (R) winning. However, one of Weaver's electors voted for Cleveland (D).
  • Issues of the Day: Farming Issues, Homestead Steel Strike

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