Brief Candidate Biographies


William Henry Harrison (Whig Party, Election of 1840)

Martin Van Buren (Democratic Party, Election of 1840)

James Gillespie Birney (Liberty Party, Elections of 1840 and 1844)

Henry Clay (Whig Party, Election of 1844)

James K. Polk (Democratic Party, Election of 1844)

Zachary Taylor (Whig Party, Election of 1848)

Lewis Cass (Democratic Party, Election of 1848)

Winfield Scott (Whig Party, Election of 1852)

Franklin Pierce (Democratic Party, Election of 1852)

John P. Hale (Free-Soil Party, Election of 1852)

John Frémont (Republican Party, Election of 1856)

James Buchanan (Democratic Party, Election of 1856)

Millard Fillmore (American Party, Election of 1856)

Abraham Lincoln (Republican Party, Election of 1860)

Stephen A. Douglas (Northern Democratic Party, Election of 1860)

John Breckinridge (Southern Democratic Party, Election of 1860)

John Bell (Constitutional Union Party, Election of 1860)