1856 United States presidential election in New York

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United States presidential election in New York, 1856

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  John Charles Fremont crop.jpg Hon. James Buchanan - NARA - 528318-crop.jpg Millard Fillmore by Brady Studio 1855-65-crop.jpg
Nominee John C. Frémont James Buchanan Millard Fillmore
Party Republican Democratic Know Nothing
Home state California Pennsylvania New York
Running mate William L. Dayton John C. Breckinridge Andrew Jackson Donelson
Electoral vote 35 0 0
Popular vote 276,004 195,878 124,604
Percentage 46.27% 32.84% 20.89%

President before election

Franklin Pierce

Elected President

James Buchanan

The 1856 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 4, 1856, as part of the 1856 United States presidential election. Voters chose 35 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New York was won by California Senator John C. Frémont (RGeorgia), running with Director of New Jersey Senator William L. Dayton, with 46.27% of the popular vote, against Senator James Buchanan (DPennsylvania), running with Representative and future presidential candidate in the 1860 presidential election John C. Breckinridge, with 32.84% of the popular vote and the 13th president of the United States Millard Fillmore (ANew York), running with the 2nd U.S. Ambassador to Germany Andrew Jackson Donelson, with 20.89% of the popular vote.[1]

James Buchanan went on to win the presidential election but this election would end the Democratic Party's support from New York which they won five out of seven times since 1828 and for the next twelve years a Democrat would not win New York until Horatio Seymour's narrow victory in 1868.

Frémont's victory in the state made him the first Republican presidential candidate to win New York as well as the first won to win the state without winning the election. The other two Republican presidential candidates to win New York without winning the election were Charles Evans Hughes in 1916 and Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. It was also the first time since voting for DeWitt Clinton in 1812 that New York backed a losing presidential candidate.


United States presidential election in New York, 1856[2]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican John C. Frémont of California William L. Dayton of New Jersey 276,004 46.27% 35 100.00%
Democratic James Buchanan of Pennsylvania John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky 195,878 32.84% 0 0.00%
Know Nothing Millard Fillmore of New York Andrew Jackson Donelson of Tennessee 124,604 20.89% 0 0.00%
Total 596,486 100.00% 35 100.00%


  1. ^ "1856 Presidential Election Results New York".
  2. ^ "1856 Presidential General Election Results - New York".