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Presidential Election of 1864: A Resource Guide

Abraham Lincoln was re-elected president in 1864, defeating George McClellan, a former Union Army general. This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a print bibliography.


In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected president in the midst of the Civil War. Lincoln defeated Democratic candidate George McClellan, a former Union Army general.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1864, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1864 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1864 election and a selected bibliography.

1864 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party Presidential Nominee VP Nominee Electoral College Popular Vote
Republican Abraham Lincoln Andrew Johnson 212 2,220,846
Democratic George B. McClellan George H. Pendleton 21 1,809,445


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 135, 225.