Which US presidents were elected by the Electoral College after being defeated in the popular vote?
#27083. Asked by RND. (Jan 25 03 11:13 PM)
Benjamin Harrison,(1833-1901) 23d president of the U.S. (1889-93). A grandson of William Henry Harrison, he commanded an Indiana volunteer regiment in the Civil War, became a corporate lawyer, and served (1881-87) as U.S. senator from Indiana. The Republicans chose him (1888) as presidential candidate against Grover Cleveland. After what has been called the most corrupt campaign in U.S. history, he was elected by the electoral college, though Cleveland had won the popular vote.|
To date, there are only four times this has happened: |
1824 John Quincy Adams wins Presidency despite Andrew Jackson winning both
the popular and electoral vote. However, since Jackson failed to win a
majority (in other words, 50% or more) in either one, Congress elected
1876 Hayes wins Presidency despite the fact that Tilden had 247,000 more
popular votes than Hayes. Furthermore, Hayes won the electoral college
by one vote, 185-184. This election was clearly a setup deal.
1888 Grover Cleveland wins Presidency over Benjamin Harrison. Harrison had
90,000 more popular votes than Cleveland, but Cleveland won the electoral
2000- George Bush beats Al Gore for Presidency. This is the closest
Presidential election in history. The hotly contested state of Florida,
with its 25 electoral votes, gave Bush the Presidency.
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