Elections: A History


How have presidential elections evolved over the years? Travel back in time to past conventions and debates featuring figures like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

President Abraham Lincoln
Elected in 1861

Did you know that Lincoln met his vice president two weeks after he was elected to the presidency?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Elected in 1933

In 1920, FDR was nominated for vice president.

Three years after FDR was elected governor of New York, he sought the presidency.

FDR delivered his first radio address the day after he was elected president, November 9, 1932.

FDR was living at the Roosevelt House in New York when he was elected president of the United States.

Jackie Robinson and the Republican party
1960 and 1964 Elections

When Jackie Robinson retired from baseball in the late 1950s, he began to show an interest in politics.

In the 1950s, many black voters aligned themselves with the republican party.

Senator Barry Goldwater won the republican nomination in 1960, splintered the party.


The presidential campaigns come every 4 years, but what's been missing for 20 years? A female moderator. In 2012, these Montclair teens petitioned to change that.


Political Cartoon (1895)

“When Theodore Roosevelt was commissioner, he tried to enforce all the laws and all police conduct rules, to the absolute shock of most New Yorkers. He made special efforts to have fair elections. The Bureau of Elections was soon separated from the police department which reduced the police force’s roll in tabulating the votes.”

New Yorkers Line Polls to Vote Despite Storm Troubles

Broken scanners and allegedly disorganized poll staffing at PS 92 on Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn led to waits longer than two hours. The polling site was still packed at 9 p.m., the close of voting time in New York. Photo courtesy Marc Joseph Rosenblatt.

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What is a brokered convention and when was the last time we witnessed one?

There's a rich history of turmoil within the democratic and republican parties.

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