1924 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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1924 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

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  John Calvin Coolidge, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg John William Davis.jpg Robert M La Follette, Sr.jpg
Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis Robert M. La Follette
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia Wisconsin
Running mate Charles G. Dawes Charles W. Bryan Burton K. Wheeler
Electoral vote 4 0 0
Popular vote 98,575 57,201 8,993
Percentage 59.83% 34.72% 5.46%

President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

The 1924 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 4, 1924, as part of the 1924 United States presidential election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Hampshire voted for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts, over the Democratic nominee, Ambassador John W. Davis of West Virginia. Coolidge ran with former Budget Director Charles G. Dawes of Illinois, while Davis ran with Governor Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska. Also in the running that year was the Progressive Party nominee, Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin and his running mate Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana. La Follette’s support base was primarily among rural German and Scandinavian Americans,[1] and he possessed little appeal in the Northeast outside a few New York and Boston anti-Prohibition precincts. Excluding the former Confederacy where the lower classes were almost entirely disfranchised, New Hampshire would prove La Follette’s third-weakest state – and overall the Granite State was La Follette’s tenth-weakest of 48.

Coolidge won New Hampshire by a margin of 25.11 percent of the vote, although this was marginally lower than his national margin of 25.22 percent over Davis.

The 1920s were a fiercely Republican decade in American politics, and New Hampshire in that era was a fiercely Republican state in presidential elections. The economic boom and social good feelings of the Roaring Twenties under popular Republican leadership virtually guaranteed Calvin Coolidge an easy win in the state against the conservative Southern Democrat John Davis,[2] who had little appeal in Northern states like New Hampshire apart from being the only pro-League of Nations candidate.[3] New Hampshire would still prove Davis’ third-strongest antebellum free state behind Indiana and Rhode Island. Due to La Follette’s lack of appeal vis-à-vis his Midwest and Western support base, both Coolidge and Davis exceeded their national vote share by around five percent in the Granite State.

Coolidge also enjoyed a unique personal popularity which helped him in the state and the rest of New England. He was the epitome of a traditional New England Yankee, having been born in the small-town of Plymouth Notch in neighboring Vermont, and establishing his political career nearby as Governor of Massachusetts. Thus Coolidge remained especially popular with voters across the New England region.

Results[edit]

1924 United States presidential election in New Hampshire[4]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts Charles Gates Dawes of Illinois 98,575 59.83% 4 100.00%
Democratic John William Davis of West Virginia Charles Wayland Bryan of Nebraska 57,201 34.72% 0 0.00%
Progressive Robert Marion La Follette of Wisconsin Burton Kendall Wheeler of Montana 8,993 5.46% 0 0.00%
Total 164,769 100.00% 4 100.00%

Results by county[edit]

County John Calvin Coolidge
Republican
John William Davis
Democratic
Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Progressive
Margin Total votes cast[5]
# % # % # % # %
Belknap 5,996 63.79% 3,217 34.23% 186 1.98% 2,779 29.57% 9,399
Carroll 4,372 65.40% 2,213 33.10% 100 1.50% 2,159 32.30% 6,685
Cheshire 7,008 69.00% 2,720 26.78% 428 4.21% 4,288 42.22% 10,156
Coös 6,137 52.67% 4,620 39.65% 894 7.67% 1,517 13.02% 11,651
Grafton 10,493 64.12% 5,360 32.75% 511 3.12% 5,133 31.37% 16,364
Hillsborough 22,098 51.66% 16,002 37.41% 4,673 10.93% 6,096 14.25% 42,773
Merrimack 13,587 59.88% 8,283 36.50% 822 3.62% 5,304 23.37% 22,692
Rockingham 14,530 68.42% 6,073 28.60% 634 2.99% 8,457 39.82% 21,237
Strafford 9,167 56.63% 6,445 39.82% 575 3.55% 2,722 16.82% 16,187
Sullivan 5,187 68.03% 2,268 29.74% 170 2.23% 2,919 38.28% 7,625
Totals 98,575 59.83% 57,201 34.72% 8,993 5.46% 41,374 25.11% 164,769

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stark, Rodney and Christiano, Kevin J.; ‘Support for the American Left, 1920-1924: The Opiate Thesis Reconsidered’; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 31, No. 1 (March, 1992), pp. 62-75
  2. ^ Roseboom, Eugene Holloway and Eckes, Alfred E.; A History of Presidential Elections, from George Washington to Jimmy Carter; pp. 151-158 ISBN 0020364202
  3. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, p. 55 ISBN 0786422173
  4. ^ "1924 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ Robinson, Edgar Eugene; The Presidential Vote 1896-1932, p. 270 ISBN 9780804716963