1892 Presidential Election

1892 Election Results
 Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
  Grover Cleveland Democratic 277 5,556,918
  Benjamin Harrison (I) Republican 145 5,176,108
  James B. Weaver People's 22 1,027,329
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 (I) = IncumbentFor states colored purple, see 1892 Election Facts for details
The United States presidential election of 1892 was held on November 8, 1892. Former President Grover Cleveland ran for re-election against the incumbent President Benjamin Harrison also running for re-election. Cleveland defeated Harrison, thus becoming the only person in US history to be elected to a second, non-consecutive presidential term. Cleveland, who had won the popular vote against Harrison in 1888, lost the electoral vote which cost him re-election. He won both the popular and electoral vote in the rematch election.

The campaign centered mainly on the issue of a sound currency. The new Populist Party, formed by groups from the Grange, the Farmers' Alliances, and the Knights of Labor, polled more than a million votes. But Cleveland won easily.

Cleveland also became the first Democrat to be nominated by his party three consecutive times, a distinction that would be equaled only by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 and then exceeded by him in 1944. Although William Jennings Bryan was nominated for a third time in 1908 it was not consecutive with his two other nominations in 1896 and 1900.1
1892 Election Facts
  • Grover Cleveland first (and only) President elected to a 2nd, non-consecutive term
  • Welcome: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming become states during this election cycle
  • North Dakota Electors split their vote: 1 each for Cleveland, Harrison and Weaver; Weaver had won the popular vote
  • Harrison won Oregon; however one Elector cast a vote for Weaver
  • Cleveland won California; however one Elector cast a vote for Harrison
  • Michigan Electors split their vote: 9 for Harrison, 5 for Cleveland; Harrison had won popular vote
  • Harrison won Ohio; however one Elector cast a vote for Cleveland
  • Issues of the Day: Farming Issues, Homestead Steel Strike
1Source: Wikipedia


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