United States elections, 1916

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The 1916 United States general election elected the members of the 65th United States Congress. The election occurred during the Fourth Party System. Democrats retained the Presidency and the majority in the Senate. Democrats lost the majority in the House, but retained control of the chamber.

Democratic President Woodrow Wilson defeated the Republican nominee, former Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, in the presidential election.[1] Wilson's win made him the first sitting Democratic President to win re-election since Andrew Jackson.

Republicans made moderate gains in the House, gaining a narrow plurality.[2] However, Democrat Champ Clark won re-election as Speaker of the House.

In the second Senate election since the ratification of the 17th Amendment, Republicans made minor gains, but Democrats retained a solid majority.[3]

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  1. ^ "1916 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014.