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1816 Election

Democratic-Republican candidate James Monroe defeated Federalist Rufus King in the 1816 US Presidential Election, the eighth quadrennial presidential election. The election was held between Nov. 1 and Dec, 4, and it marked the last time the Federalist Party fielded a presidential candidate.

Monroe won the nomination with support from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who chose to retire after two terms. New York Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins won the Democratic-Republican vice-presidential nomination.

The previous four years were dominated by the effects of the War of 1812. The Federalists were discredited by their opposition to the war, and Monroe easily won the Electoral College, carrying 16 of the 19 states.

James Monroe, President; Daniel D. Tompkins, Vice President

For President: Total
James Monroe, of Virginia 183
Rufus King, of New York 34
For Vice-President: Total
Daniel D. Tompkins, of New York 183
John E. Howard, of Maryland 22
James Ross, of Pennsylvania 5
John Marshall, of Virginia 4
Robert G. Harper, of Maryland 3
Total electoral vote 217


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