Winter Lecture Series: “Little-known Elections”

LITTLE-KNOWN ELECTIONS with Professor Daniel Breen
Part I: “Divide and Conquer – The Campaign of 1836”

In 1836, the new Whig Party resorted to a strategy of nominating four candidates for the presidency instead of only one.  For good reason, this was the last time a major American party sought victory by division rather than unity.  We’ll tell the story of that campaign, along with its peculiar aftermath in the Electoral College–a topic of particular interest today.

1836 CANDIDATES: Martin van Buren (Dem) vs William Henry Harrison(Whig), Hugh L. White (Whig), & Daniel Webster (Whig) vs W.P. Mangum (Anti-Jackson)

This 5-part series will run through March 29, looking at the elections of 1836, 1852, 1884, 1916 and 1928.


This event finished on 26 February 2017


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