November 6, 2012

Above are sample ballots from the election of 1840. (Remember “Tippecanoe and Tyler too”?) This was the second time that Harrison and Van Buren faced off for the role of Commander and Chief. The first time Van Buren won. In the election above Harrison prevailed, but then soon died in office. His untimely death sparked a Constitutional Crisis, which eventually led to the addition of the 25th Amendment delineating Presidential Succession.

In 1840, only white males, age 26 or older, could vote. Women, Native Americans, and in most states, African Americans, could not. The notable exceptions were Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, which at least allowed “freed” African American men to vote.

Hope you’ll exercise your right to vote.

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