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1848 United States presidential election in New York

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

United States presidential election in New York, 1848

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Turnout79.6%[1] Decrease 12.5 pp
  Zachary Taylor portrait.jpg Van Buren.jpg Lewis Cass crop.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 36 0 0
Popular vote 218,583 120,497 114,319
Percentage 47.9% 26.4% 25.1%

President before election

James K. Polk

Elected President

Zachary Taylor

New York voted for the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor, over Free Soil candidate Martin van Buren and Democratic candidate Lewis Cass. Taylor won New York by a margin of 21.51 percent over Van Buren. As of 2019, Van Buren’s performance remains the best ever by a third-party candidate in New York presidential election history.[2] With 26.43% of the popular vote, New York was Van Buren's fourth strongest state after Vermont, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.[3]


United States presidential election in New York, 1848[4]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Whig Zachary Taylor of Louisiana Millard Fillmore of New York 218,583 47.94% 36 100.00%
Free Soil Martin Van Buren of New York Charles F. Adams, Sr. of Massachusetts 120,497 26.43% 0 0.00%
Democratic Lewis Cass of Michigan William O. Butler of Kentucky 114,319 25.07% 0 0.00%
Liberty Gerrit Smith of New York Charles C. Foote of Michigan 2,545 0.56% 0 0.00%
Total 455,944 100.00% 36 100.00%


  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ Thomas, G. Scott; The Pursuit of the White House: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics and History, p. 441 ISBN 0313257957
  3. ^ "1848 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "1848 Presidential General Election Results - New York". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 17 March 2015.