United States presidential election, 1920

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In 1920 many people were unhappy with Woodrow Wilson's policies and World War I. The Republicans nominated Ohio Senator, Warren G. Harding. Wilson was in no condition to run for a third term, and the Democrats instead nominated Ohio Governor, James M. Cox, as their candidate.[1] Cox supported many of Wilson's ideas and policies, while Harding called for a "return to normalacy." He eventually won in what remains the highest (percentage-wise) popular vote margin in history.[2]

candidates popular vote electoral vote
Warren G. Harding 16,143,407 404
James M. Cox 9,130,328 127
Eugene V. Debs 919,799 0
P. P. Christensen 265,411 0
Aaron S. Watkins 189,408 0
James E. Ferguson 48,000 0
W. W. Cox 31,715 0



Pietrusza, David 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents New York: Carroll & Graf, 2007.

Notes and References

  1. Ironically, while Cox never won the presidency, both running mates would go on to win the Presidency. They were Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.
  2. Encyclopedia of Presidents, Warren G. Harding, by Linda R. Wade, Children's Press, 1989.
  3. A Pictoral History of the U.S. Presidents, by Clare Gibson, Gramercy Books, 2001.