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United States presidential elections, 1788-1860 : the official results by county and state
Dubin, Michael J.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

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xxv, 225 pages : maps ; 29 cm
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JK524 .D778 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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This major reference work provides complete returns for the presidential elections by state and county for the period 1788 to 1860. This information is nowhere else available in one volume, and much of it has been pieced together through years of research of original sources of many kinds. The work begins with a history of voting for presidential electors and the influence of political parties on the electors, and prefaces the main text with listings of election dates, county names (past and present), party abbreviations used in the book, and counties created following each state's first popular election of electors. The main part of the book, the election returns, includes each candidate's name, party, number of votes and percentage of votes. Explanatory footnotes and source information accompany the returns, as well as maps that show presidential election districts for those states and elections when presidential elections were so conducted. Researchers familiar with Mr. Dubin's massive Congressional Elections work will understand the scope, detail, accuracy and uniqueness of this new work.

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The presidential election record this collection documents may be the most detailed and easily accessible set of tables available in a single source. The numbers are presented without commentary, but with as much detail as possible, including the percentages of the vote throughout. The results, election year by election year, constitute the core of the book. It includes small sections on how presidential electors are chosen, sources used to create the tables, election dates, county names with their dates of creation, part(s) from which new county names originated, 47 state maps showing counties by election, a one-page bibliography of 40 books and government publications consulted, 91 newspapers consulted, an index of electoral candidates, and another of presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The nearest resource in terms of historical time period and subject matter covered is Presidential Elections since 1789 (5th ed., 1991), which provides more explanatory text and covers a much longer time span but gives depth only to the state level. Dubin supplies a reference source without peer, which for historical questions at the county level is indispensable. Recommended for reference and history/political science collections. G. R. Walden Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
The Choosing of Presidential Electorsp. xi
Sourcesp. xiii
Party Abbreviationsp. xvi
Election Datesp. xvi
County Namesp. xvii
Presidential Election Returnsp. 1
Mapsp. 189
Bibliographyp. 219
Electoral Candidates Indexp. 223
Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates Indexp. 225