1848 United States presidential election in Vermont

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

1848 United States presidential election in Vermont

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  Zachary Taylor cropped.jpg Portrait of Martin Van Buren (cropped).jpg Lewis Cass circa 1855.jpg
Nominee Zachary Taylor Martin Van Buren Lewis Cass
Party Whig Free Soil Democratic
Home state Louisiana New York Michigan
Running mate Millard Fillmore Charles F. Adams William O. Butler
Electoral vote 6 0 0
Popular vote 23,132 13,837 10,948
Percentage 48.3% 28.9% 22.9%

President before election

James K. Polk

Elected President

Zachary Taylor

Vermont voted for the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor, over Democratic candidate Lewis Cass and Free Soil candidate former president Martin Van Buren. Taylor won the state by a margin of 19.4%.

This would be the first presidential election in Vermont where a third party candidate carried second place. Van Buren did somewhat better in Vermont in this election than he did in 1840. Van Buren received 13,887 popular votes with 28.87% of the vote in 1848 compared to 1840, where he only received 35.47% of the popular vote with 18,009 votes when he lost to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison, who received 63.9% of the popular vote with 32,445 votes. Vermont would prove to be Van Buren's strongest state in the election.[1]

While Cass won Washington County and Van Buren won Lamoille County, this would be the last presidential election in Vermont until 1912 where a Democratic candidate would carry at least one county in the state.


1848 United States presidential election in Vermont[2]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Whig Zachary Taylor of Louisiana Millard Fillmore of New York 23,132 48.27% 6 100.00%
Free Soil Martin Van Buren of New York Charles Francis Adams, Sr. of Massachusetts 13,837 28.87% 0 0.00%
Democratic Lewis Cass of Michigan William O. Butler of Kentucky 10,948 22.85% 0 0.00%
N/A Others Others 5 0.01% 0 0.00%
Total 47,922 100.00% 6 100.00%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1848 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1848 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont".