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Presidential Election of 1916: A Resource Guide

Woodrow Wilson was reelected president in 1916, defeating Republican challenger Charles Evans Hughes. This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a print bibliography.

Introduction

Woodrow Wilson was reelected president in 1916, narrowly defeating Republican challenger Charles Evans Hughes. In the end, Wilson's victory was decided by California, a state he won by only 3,420 votes. Hughes did not concede for over two weeks after the election, waiting until the official returns from California were announced.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1916, including manuscripts, photographs, political cartoons, films, sheet music, and newspaper articles. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1916 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1916 election and a selected bibliography.


1916 Presidential Election Results [1]


Political Party Presidential Nominee VP Nominee Electoral College Popular Vote
Democratic Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall 277 9,126,063
Republican Charles E. Hughes Charles W. Fairbanks 254 8,547,039

Notes

1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 148, 238.