1856 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1856

← 1852 November 4, 1856 1860 →
Turnout69.8%[1] Increase 12.0 pp
  John Charles Fremont crop.jpg Hon. James Buchanan - NARA - 528318-crop.jpg Millard Fillmore by Brady Studio 1855-65-crop.jpg
Nominee John C. Frémont James Buchanan Millard Fillmore
Party Republican Democratic Know Nothing
Home state California Pennsylvania New York
Running mate William L. Dayton John C. Breckinridge Andrew Jackson Donelson
Electoral vote 13 0 0
Popular vote 108,172 39,244 19,626
Percentage 63.61% 23.08% 11.54%

President before election

Franklin Pierce

Elected President

James Buchanan

The 1856 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 4, 1856, as part of the 1856 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for the Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, over the Democratic candidate, James Buchanan, and the Know Nothing candidate, Millard Fillmore. Frémont won Massachusetts by a margin of 40.53%.

With 63.61% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would prove to be Frémont's second strongest state in the 1856 election after neighboring Vermont[2].


United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 1856[3]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican John C. Frémont of California William L. Dayton of New Jersey 108,172 63.61% 13 100.00%
Democratic James Buchanan of Pennsylvania John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky 39,244 23.08% 0 0.00%
Know Nothing Millard Fillmore of New York Andrew Jackson Donelson of Tennessee 19,626 11.54% 0 0.00%
N/A Others Others 3,006 1.77% 0 0.00%
Total 170,048 100.00% 13 100.00%


  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "1856 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "1856 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts".