On the comments someone wished there were data to play with.
I’ve typed some up. No guarantees it’s perfect. Obviously, I didn’t intentionally do anything incorrect, but I didn’t spend any time proofreading it either.
Rules for inclusion
– Listed only if win at least one full state of electoral votes
– (Means 1789, 1792, 1820 treated as unopposed)
– Note that lots of stray 3rd candidates qualify in the early years (like when a state legislature decides to give their EV to some non-candidate). For most uses might make sense to exclude them, at the cost of losing the few legit 3rd party candidates (ie, 1912, 1968). Some later 3rd party candidates don’t even show because they get popular vote but no EV (eg, Henry Ross Perot).
Vice presidential candidates:
– Listed only if an official or de facto running-mate of qualified presidential candidate. (Sometimes requires judgment call in early years.)
– Note that its possible for a non-qualifying VP candidate to get more EV than a qualifying one (eg 1832).
– If presidential candidate has multiple running mates (eg, Bryan one year, I forget which), only list the running mate(s) who win(s) at least one full state of EV.
– Ranking is by # of electoral votes (eg, 1 is the 1st most EV, etc)
– Exception: winner always gets 1, even if less EV (ie JQ Adams in 1824)
– Note that in complicated races (eg, 1824, 1832) the P order and V order might not match, so it doesn’t follow that V3 is running mate of P3, for example.
– anti-federalists are labeled Dem-Rep even before the party officially so named. (That party is somewhat meaningless for the period around 1820-24 when essentially there’s just the one party.)
– National Republicans labeled Whig (1828-1832)
– some candidates received support from multiple parties. Picked the bigger party, which can be a judgment call
– Lincoln/Johnson 1864 listed as Rep and Dem instead of Natl Union
The alternate first name field is for middle name guys only. did not do short/nicknames like Al for Albert, Jimmy for James.
– possible I missed some middle names, and I’m not sure about Cabot Lodge.
– is how they were officially designated for constitutional purposes (in some cases not an obvious match for true home)
– for some VP candidates I’ve deduced but not confirmed; a couple not determined at all, entered as ??
last ran as
– If you test this for zero that should give unique individuals counted only once, right?
– has no way of indicating if a V1 succeeded to presidency and thus was incumbent president (or even a 0, in case of Gerald Ford). Other incumbencies can be deduced, I think.