1836 United States presidential election in Michigan

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1836 United States presidential election in Michigan

November 3 - December 7, 1836 1840 →
  MVanBuren.png William Henry Harrison by James Reid Lambdin, 1835 crop.jpg
Nominee Martin Van Buren William Henry Harrison
Party Democratic Whig
Home state New York Ohio
Running mate Richard Mentor Johnson Francis Granger
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 7,122 5,545
Percentage 56.22% 43.78%

Michigan Presidential Election Results 1836.svg
Results by county

President before election

Andrew Jackson

Elected President

Martin Van Buren

The 1836 United States presidential election in Michigan took place between November 3 and December 7, 1836, as part of the 1836 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Michigan voted for the Democratic candidate, Martin Van Buren, over Whig candidate William Henry Harrison in the states first presidential election. Van Buren won the state by a margin of 12.44%.

A dispute similar to that of Indiana in 1817 and Missouri in 1821 arose during the counting of the electoral votes. Michigan only became a state on January 26, 1837, and had cast its electoral votes for president before that date. Anticipating a challenge to the results, Congress resolved on February 4, 1837, that during the counting four days later the final tally would be read twice, once with Michigan and once without Michigan. The counting proceeded in accordance with the resolution. The dispute had no bearing on the final result: either way Van Buren was elected, and either way no candidate had a majority for vice-president.[1]


1836 United States presidential election in Michigan[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin Van Buren 7,122 56.22%
Whig William Henry Harrison 5,545 43.78%
Total votes 12,667 100%


  1. ^ United States Congress (1837). Senate Journal. 24th Congress, 2nd Session, February 4. pp. 203–204. Retrieved August 20, 2006.
  2. ^ "1836 Presidential General Election Results - Michigan". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.