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1920 US flag 48 stars 1928 › ›
United States presidential election, 1924
November 4, 1924
Calvin Coolidge John W Davis RobertM.LaFollette,Sr.
Nominee Calvin Coolidge John W. Davis Robert M. La Follette
Party Republican Democrat Progressive
Home state Massachusetts West Virginia Wisconsin
Running mate Herbert Hoover Charles W. Bryan Burton Wheeler
Electoral vote 301 189 41
Popular vote 13,750,345 8,834,237 6,356,670
Percentage 48.4% 30.0% 21.1%

The U.S. Presidential Election, 1924 was an overwhelming victory for the Republicans.

Republican Nomination

When President Churchill decided not to seek a third term, The Republican field was wide open.

Republican candidates

  • Vice President Warren Harding of Ohio
  • Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover of California
  • Senator Hiram Johnson of California
  • Former Governor Frank Lowden of Illinois
  • several favorite-son candidates

In the primaries, Johnson won in the west and Lowden won in the mid-west, Vice President Harding won in Ohio the north-east and the south. At the convention Harding was nominated for president on the sventh ballot over Lowden and Johnson. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge was nominated for vice president over Hiram Johnson.

Democrat Nomination

The Democrat primaries were awash for Former Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, but New York Governor Al Smith won a couple of north-eastern primaries.

At the convention McAdoo and Smith battled out for the nomination for over one hundred ballots before the convention turned to compromise candidate John W. Davis a former Ambassador who was nominated on the 103rd. ballot. The Democrats nominated Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan for Vice President.

Progressive Nomination

The Progressive party nominated Wisconsin Senator Robert LaFollette (a Republican) for president and Montana Senator Burton Wheeler (a Democrat) for vice president.

General Election

Republicans were expected to win in a landslide until providence took a hand. While campaigning in California, Vice President Harding suffered a heart attack in August 2 and died the next day. The nation was shocked and the Republicans were terrified of losing the election so the Republican National Committee had to choose a nominee. The RNC battled for several ballots but after reaching deadlock due to Hiram Johnson's enability to win a majority of the committee members and so the Coolidge and Hoover forces joined and nominated Coolidge for President and Hoover for Vice President.

Ballot Winston Churchill Calvin Coolidge Herbert Hoover Hiram Johnson Frank Lowden Others Vice Presidential Ballot Herbert Hoover Others
1 2 20 27 50 16 3 1 101 15
2 3 21 25 49 14 5
3 1 24 24 45 16 6
4 0 29 23 44 15 5
5 0 32 20 47 12 5
6 0 35 22 44 12 3
7 0 48 17 39 8 4
8 0 57 14 33 9 3
9 0 65 4 37 8 2

In spite of Republican division over who to nominate in Harding's place. Coolidge's silent charm, lovely wife, and the conservative credentals help him win. Another cause of Coolidge's victory was the fact that Davis' support was only among southern Democrats and yellow dog Democrats. While LaFollette had the support of most liberals. On election day the popularity of President Churchill along with good econamic times secured a strong victory for Coolidge and the Republicans.

Candidate Party Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate
Calvin Coolidge Republican 13,750,345 (48.4%) 301 Herbert C. Hoover
John W. Davis Democrat 8,834,237 (30.0%) 189 Charles W. Davis
Robert M. LaFollette Progressive 6,356,670 (21.1%) 41 Burton K. Wheeler
Others - 150,399 (0.5%) 0 -

Congressional Election

Republicans retained a commanding lead in both the House and Senate.

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