United States elections, 1838

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The 1838 United States general election occurred in the middle of Democratic President Martin Van Buren's term, during the Second Party System. Members of the 26th United States Congress were chosen in this election.

Whigs picked up a moderate number of seats in both the House and Senate, but the Democratic Party retained a majority in both chambers.[1][2] However, due to a split in the Democratic party, Whig Congressman Robert M. T. Hunter was elected Speaker of the House.[3]

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  1. ^ "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "A Mob in Search of a Speaker". House.gov. US House of Representatives. Retrieved 1 July 2014.