1848 United States presidential election in Michigan

The 1848 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. Voters chose five representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

1848 United States presidential election in Michigan

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  Lewis Cass crop.jpg Zachary Taylor portrait.jpg Van Buren.jpg
Nominee Lewis Cass Zachary Taylor Martin Van Buren
Party Democratic Whig Free Soil
Home state Michigan Louisiana New York
Running mate William O. Butler Millard Fillmore Charles F. Adams
Electoral vote 5 0 0
Popular vote 30,742 23,947 10,393
Percentage 47.24% 36.80% 15.97%

Michigan Presidential Election Results 1848.svg
Results by county

President before election

James K. Polk

Elected President

Zachary Taylor

Michigan voted for the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, over Whig candidate Zachary Taylor and Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren. Cass won Michigan by a margin of 10.44%.

With 15.97% of the popular vote, Michigan would prove to be Van Buren's fifth strongest state after Vermont, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New York.[1]


1848 United States presidential election in Michigan[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lewis Cass 30,742 47.24%
Whig Zachary Taylor 23,947 36.80%
Free Soil Martin Van Buren 10,393 15.97%
Total votes 65,082 100%


  1. ^ "1848 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1848 Presidential General Election Results - Michigan". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. ^ "1848 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. University of California Santa Barbara. Retrieved 1 December 2017.