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United States Presidential Election, 1813 (Federation of Nations)

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The 1813 U.S. Presidential Election saw incumbent President James Madison facing off against New York City Mayor DeWitt Clinton.


Democratic-Republican party nomination

Democratic-Republican candidates

  • James Madison, President of the United States from Virginia

With President James Madison deciding to seek a third term, Gerry was re-nominated for VP.

1813 Democratic-Republican Caucus

Presidential ballot 1 Vice-presidential ballot 1
James Madison 133 Elbridge Gerry 133

Federalist party nomination

Federalist candidates

  • DeWitt Clinton, Mayor of New York City
  • John E. Howard, former U.S. senator from Maryland
  • Rufus King, U.S. senator and 1810 presidential nominee from New York

The Federalists chose to nominate a liberal Democratic-Republican DeWitt Clinton over King and Howard. Jared Ingersoll was nominated for vice president.

1813 Federalist Caucus

Presidential ballot 1 2 3 4 Vice-presidential ballot 1
DeWitt Clinton 30 32 35 39 Jared Ingersoll 70
Rufus King 25 25 23 20
John Howard 15 13 12 11

General election

Although the defection of Clinton to the Federalists drew many liberal Democratic-Republicans to his candidacy, Madison was helped by the surge of patriotism, and was able to narrowly overcome Clinton.


Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate Running mate's home state Running mate's electoral vote
James Madison Democratic-Republican Virginia 173,567 (50.8%) 136 Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts 136
DeWitt Clinton Federalist New York 164,324 (48.4%) 94 Jarred Ingersoll Pennsylvania 94
Rufus King Federalist New York 2,976 (0.8%) 0 - - -
Total - - 340,867 (100.0%) 230 - - 230

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