United States presidential election, 1796

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When George Washington chose not to run for President again in the election of 1796, the office was open for other politicians. Vice President John Adams of the Federalist party decided to run. Thomas Jefferson also ran on the Democratic-Republican party ticket. Many other candidates such as Aaron Burr, Samuel Adams, Oliver Ellsworth and George Clinton. Despite the fact that George Washington didn't run several people voted for him. While Adams won, the poorly thought-out electoral system of the time meant that despite being from an opposing party, Jefferson became Vice President instead of Adams' running mate, Thomas Pinckney.[1] The results were:

candidates electoral vote
John Adams 71
Thomas Jefferson 68
Thomas Pinckney 59
Aaron Burr 30
Samuel Adams 15
Oliver Ellsworth 11
George Clinton 7
Others 15


  1. Encyclopedia of Presidents, John Adams, by Marlene Targ Brill, Children's Press, 1986.
  2. A Pictoral History of the U.S. Presidents, by Clare Gibson, Gramercy Books, 2001.