1860 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1860

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Nominee John Bell John Breckenridge Stephen A. Douglas
Party Constitutional Union Southern Democratic Democratic
Home state Tennessee Kentucky Illinois
Running mate Edward Everett Joseph Lane Herschel V. Johnson
Electoral vote 12 0 0
Popular vote 69,728 65,097 11,281
Percentage 47.72% 44.55% 7.72%

President before election

James Buchanan

Elected President

Abraham Lincoln

The 1860 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 6, 1860, as part of the 1860 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose twelve representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Tennessee was won by the Senator John Bell (CUTennessee), running with the 15th Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett, with 47.72% of the popular vote, against the 14th Vice President of the United States John Breckenridge (SDKentucky), running with Senator Joseph Lane, with 44.55% of the popular vote and Senator Stephen A. Douglas (DIllinois), running with 41st Governor of Georgia Herschel V. Johnson, with 7.72% of the popular vote.

Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln (who was elected President) was not on the ballot in Tennessee, the only one of ten such states to be carried by a candidate other than Breckinridge.


United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1860[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitutional Union John Bell 69,728 47.72%
Southern Democratic John C. Breckinridge 65,097 44.55%
Democratic Stephen A. Douglas 11,281 7.72%
Total votes 146,106 100%


  1. ^ "1860 Presidential Election Results Tennessee".