Search Political News & Election Results in Newspapers 1734–1996

Search Political News & Election Results in Newspapers 1734–1996

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  1. United States Presidential Election Results in Old Newspapers - President Washington and Lincoln
  2. American Colonial Congress Election Results - Federalists vs Democrats
  3. American Colonial CT State Election Nominees 1784
  4. Local County and City Election News in Old Newspapers

  1. Presidential Election Results
  2. Congressional Election Results
  3. Colonial & State Election Returns
  4. Local County & City Election Returns

  1. Ever since George Washington was unanimously elected as the first president of the United States in 1789, our country has held regular presidential elections every four years to vote on candidates to lead our country.

    Our historical newspaper archives contain presidential election returns from the very first U.S. presidential election up to modern-day elections for presidents. Research these U.S. presidential election results and discover the final electoral voting tallies of historical political races that decided who would be the next president of the United States.

  2. Discover the history of U.S. congressional elections in newspaper articles. Trace the key decision makers elected into U.S. congressional offices that have represented the interests of the people and participated in shaping our country's laws.

    Explore old election returns, dating back to the days of the Federalist Party that dominated early American politics, up to the present-day bipartisan U.S. political system of the Republicans and Democrats. Research online the election results for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that have decided our nation's leaders.

  3. Explore the Colonial-era and state election results that have determined our government representatives and shaped American history in our newspaper archives. Discover more about the leaders elected to direct our country's Colonial and state affairs from the 1700s forward.

    Research gubernatorial and legislative election returns at the state level to discover the electoral candidates and final victors elected to serve in public office. From the American Colonial elections to U.S. state elections, find out who was elected to represent each colony and U.S. state throughout the history of our nation.

  4. Discover the local political history of your U.S. county, city or hometown in old newspapers. Explore the local election results that include your ancestors who ran for positions to serve on the county board of commissioners, city council and more.

    Find out who ran and won the locally held elections for public offices such as mayor, county commissioner, city councilor and other local government offices. Research the local political races, discover their outcomes, and learn more about the people who played a role in shaping your local government.

Political Election Results Found in Newspapers:
  • Presidential Elections

  • Congressional Elections

  • State Elections

  • County & City Elections

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Research U.S. National, State & Local Election Results

It is estimated that over one million offices are filled in electoral cycles across the United States every year, bringing in newly-elected public officials to conduct our government's business. Newspapers print the results of these elections to inform the public who will be serving in our public offices over the next terms.

You can discover the election returns for ballots cast at the U.S. national, state and local level in our historical newspaper archives.

Explore the final vote counts that determined our election winners, including the closest political races and landslide victories. From U.S. presidential elections to the mayoral elections for cities across America, discover the candidates and final ballot counts that decided the outcomes of the most famous elections in our nation's history. Watch the past unfold in the old electoral ballots, as people from different ethnicities won historic elections to serve in U.S. politics for the first time.

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Political News & Elections Search Tips

Use this search to find articles containing news about politics and election returns in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains political news and election results as published in U.S. newspapers from 1734–1996.

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