Open main menu

1924 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

  (Redirected from United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1924)

The 1924 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 4, 1924, as part of the 1924 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose eighteen representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1924

← 1920 November 4, 1924 1928 →
Turnout56.6%[1] Increase 3.3 pp
  John Calvin Coolidge, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg John William Davis.jpg Robert M La Follette, Sr.jpg
Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis Robert M. La Follette
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia Wisconsin
Running mate Charles G. Dawes Charles W. Bryan Burton K. Wheeler
Electoral vote 18 0 0
Popular vote 703,476 280,831 141,225
Percentage 62.3% 24.9% 12.5%

Massachusetts Election Results by County, 1924.svg
County Results
Coolidge
  40–50%
  50–60%
  60–70%
  70–80%
  80–90%


President before election

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Elected President

Calvin Coolidge
Republican

Massachusetts was won in a landslide by incumbent Republican President Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts, who was running against Democratic Ambassador John W. Davis of West Virginia and the Progressive Party’s Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin. Coolidge’s running mate was former Budget Director Charles G. Dawes of Illinois and Davis ran with Governor Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska, while La Follette ran with Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana.

Coolidge carried his home state overwhelmingly with 62.26% of the vote to Davis's 24.86%, a Republican victory margin of 37.41%. La Follette finished a strong third in the state with 12.50%.

Massachusetts had long been a typical Yankee Republican bastion in the wake of the Civil War, having voted Republican in every election since 1856, except in 1912, when former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt had run as a third party candidate against incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft, splitting the Republican vote and allowing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win Massachusetts with a plurality of only 35.53 percent of the vote.

Calvin Coolidge, a traditional Yankee Republican born in neighboring Vermont, had served as a popular former Governor of Massachusetts, and thus easily was able to dominate the state on the presidential level. Even in the midst of the nationwide Republican landslide, Massachusetts weighed in as a solid 12% more Republican than the national average.

The 1920s were a fiercely Republican decade in American politics, and Massachusetts in that era was a fiercely Republican state in presidential elections. The economic boom and social good feelings of the Roaring Twenties under popular Republican leadership virtually guaranteed Calvin Coolidge an easy win in the state against the conservative Southern Democrat John Davis,[2] who had little appeal in Northern states like Massachusetts. Coolidge won a strong majority statewide even with the Republican vote being split by the strong third party candidacy of Robert La Follette, a Republican Senator who ran as the Progressive Party candidate and peeled away the votes of many progressive Republicans.

Coolidge swept every county in the state of Massachusetts, and his 65.34% of the popular vote would prove to be his fifth strongest state in the 1924 election in terms of popular vote percentage after neighboring Vermont, Michigan, Maine and Pennsylvania.[3] To date, this is the last time a Republican presidential candidate has carried every county in Massachusetts as well as the last election in which a Republican presidential candidate has won Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston.[4] From his time as governor, Coolidge remained relatively popular, for a Republican, among Irish Catholics and the other ethnic immigrant groups who populated Boston. Many of these voters would defect to the Democrats for Catholic Al Smith in 1928 and become reliable Democratic voters after that, making Boston a reliably Democratic city in every election that followed.

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1924[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Calvin Coolidge 703,476 62.26% 18
Democratic John W. Davis 280,831 24.86% 0
Progressive Robert M. La Follette 141,225 12.50% 0
Communist William Z. Foster 2,635 0.23% 0
Socialist Labor Frank T. Johns 1,668 0.15% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 2 0.00% 0
Totals 1,129,837 100.00% 18

Results by countyEdit

County Coolidge# Coolidge% Davis# Davis% La Follette#[6] La Follette% Others# Others% Total votes cast[7]
Barnstable 7,333 85.50% 881 10.27% 339 3.95% 24 0.28% 8,577
Berkshire 21,106 58.93% 10,956 30.59% 3,637 10.15% 116 0.32% 35,815
Bristol 58,929 66.23% 19,802 22.25% 9,624 10.82% 625 0.70% 88,980
Dukes 1,182 86.91% 108 7.94% 69 5.07% 1 0.07% 1,360
Essex 92,918 66.58% 25,635 18.37% 20,390 14.61% 607 0.43% 139,550
Franklin 11,350 77.12% 2,089 14.19% 1,253 8.51% 25 0.17% 14,717
Hampden 46,489 59.97% 19,079 24.61% 11,683 15.07% 264 0.34% 77,515
Hampshire 13,918 66.23% 5,037 23.97% 2,014 9.58% 45 0.21% 21,014
Middlesex 162,530 63.68% 64,544 25.29% 27,510 10.78% 651 0.26% 255,235
Nantucket 708 79.64% 167 18.79% 12 1.35% 2 0.22% 889
Norfolk 57,948 71.12% 15,014 18.43% 8,269 10.15% 247 0.30% 81,478
Plymouth 34,728 68.97% 8,863 17.60% 6,549 13.01% 215 0.43% 50,355
Suffolk 104,658 47.14% 78,702 35.45% 37,574 16.93% 1,059 0.48% 221,993
Worcester 89,679 67.14% 31,171 23.34% 12,302 9.21% 424 0.32% 133,576
Totals 703,476 62.26% 280,831 24.86% 141,225 12.50% 4,305 0.38% 1,130,086

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ Roseboom, Eugene Holloway and Eckes, Alfred E.; A History of Presidential Elections, from George Washington to Jimmy Carter; pp. 151-158 ISBN 0020364202
  3. ^ "1924 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  5. ^ "1924 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  6. ^ Geoelections; Popular Vote for Robert LaFollette (sic) (xlsx file for €15)
  7. ^ Robinson, Edgar Eugene; The Presidential Vote; 1896-1932 (second edition); pp. 226-227 Published 1947 by Stanford University Press