1852 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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1852 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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  Mathew Brady - Franklin Pierce crop.jpg Winfield Scott by Fredricks, 1862 crop.jpg JP-Hale crop.jpg
Nominee Franklin Pierce Winfield Scott John P. Hale
Party Democratic Whig Free Soil
Home state New Hampshire New Jersey New Hampshire
Running mate William R. King William Alexander Graham George Washington Julian
Electoral vote 5 0 0
Popular vote 28,503 15,486 6,546
Percentage 56.40% 30.64% 12.95%

President before election

Millard Fillmore

Elected President

Franklin Pierce

The 1852 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 2, 1852, as part of the 1852 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

New Hampshire voted for the Democratic candidate, Franklin Pierce, over the Whig Party candidate, Winfield Scott. Pierce won his home state by a margin of 25.76%. His margin of victory in New Hampshire is the second largest for a Democrat, surpassed only by Lyndon B. Johnson's 27.78% in 1964.

Both Pierce and Free Soil Party candidate John P. Hale were from New Hampshire. Pierce had been born in Hillsborough while Hale was born in Rochester.

This would be the last election when New Hampshire voted for the Democratic Party until Woodrow Wilson won it in 1912 with a narrow plurality, as the anti-slavery Republican Party would monopolize the state at a presidential level between 1856 and 1908. It was to also be the last election that a Democrat won a majority of the vote in the state until Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Cheshire County would indeed never again vote Democratic until supporting Lyndon Johnson in 1964,[1] and Sullivan County would not do so for a Democrat until Wilson in 1916. This would also be the last time a Democrat would carry every single county until Barack Obama in 2008.


1852 United States presidential election in New Hampshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Franklin Pierce 28,503 56.40% 5
Whig Winfield Scott 15,486 30.64% 0
Free Soil John P. Hale 6,546 12.95% 0
Totals 50,535 100% 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 257-258 ISBN 0786422173
  2. ^ "1852 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". U.S. Election Atlas. David Leip. Retrieved 2017-03-17.