The American Presidential Election of 1816

mr. beat presents presidential elections in American history the 8th presidential election in American history took place from Friday November 1st to Wednesday December 4th 1816 deciding to play it cool like predecessors Jefferson and Washington Madison decided not to run for a third term his second term had been heavily influenced by the war of 1812 and he proved to be a solid leader during it after the war was over even though the United States hadn't won American still felt pretty good about how they were able to defend themselves against the British all things considered it was the beginning of the so-called era of good feelings in the nationalism that swept the country during that time at least temporarily helped unite it simply put madison was popular in James Monroe Madison Secretary of State who now wanted to take Madison's place was also popular the Federalists meanwhile were not so popular because many of them talked trash about involvement in the war and especially because some of them even talked trash about seceding from the Union at the series of meetings known as the Hartford Convention many Americans turned their backs on the Federalist Party ironically the biggest complaints at the Hartford Convention stemmed from the fact that the federal government was gaining power in fact Madison had changed his mind on things when he was president that made him sound more like a traditional Federalist for example he began favoring a National Bank and protective tariffs if prominent Democratic Republicans were now acting like Federalists what was the point of having both parties the Federalists didn't even officially nominate anyone for president in 1816 with the Federalist Party now pretty much out of the picture the Democratic Republicans prepared for a landslide victory many names popped up other than James Monroe for the nomination many wanted House Speaker Henry Clay and the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson to run but both declined William H Crawford really thought about running but he knew he look at his butt kicked by Monroe so decided not to Pennsylvania Governor Simon Snyder and New York Governor Daniel D Tompkins ran but withdrew before the Democratic Republican caucus even though Monroe was widely loved there was a growing number who didn't want him to get the nomination because he was yet another dude from Virginia some were weary of the so-called Virginia dynasty still James Monroe got the nomination which almost guaranteed him the presidency or did it Monroe's running mate was Daniel D Tompkins I mentioned him earlier weren't you paying attention gosh like I said before the Federalists didn't formally nominate anyone but many Federalists supported Rufus king with John eager Howard as his running mate and here are the results first there was a bit of conflict when people voted in November in December Indiana wasn't officially a state yet but its citizens one of their votes to be counted - some argue their votes shouldn't be counted as Indiana was still technically a territory during the election period long story short Indiana got its way and its votes were counted no surprise here folks James Monroe won the election becoming the fifth President of the United States Monroe received 183 electoral votes with Rufus King receiving just 34 electoral votes Monroe was the second James in a row to win the presidency in fact James would prove to be the most popular first name of presidents throughout American history with four more Jameses being elected president as well anyway Daniel D Tompkins became the sixth vice president in American history madro 168 point 2 percent of the popular vote to Rufus Kings 30.9% Monro kick butt I'll see you for the next election buddy

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