1892 United States presidential election
The 1892 United States presidential election was the 27th quadrennial presidential election, held on November 8, 1892. Former Democratic President Grover Cleveland defeated incumbent Republican President Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland’s victory made him the first and to date only person in American history to be elected to a non-consecutive second presidential term.
About 1892 United States presidential election in brief
The 1892 United States presidential election was the 27th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1892. Former Democratic President Grover Cleveland defeated incumbent Republican President Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland’s victory made him the first and to date only person in American history to be elected to a non-consecutive second presidential term. It was also the first time incumbents were defeated in consecutive elections—the second being Jimmy Carter’s defeat of Gerald Ford in 1976, followed by Carter’s subsequent loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Cleveland defeated challenges by David B. Hill and Horace Boies on the first presidential ballot of the 1892 Democratic National Convention, becoming the first Democrat to win his party’s presidential nomination in three elections. The new Populist Party, formed by groups from The Grange, the Farmers’ Alliances, and the Knights of Labor, fielded a ticket led by former Congressman James B. Weaver of Iowa. Cleveland swept the Solid South and won several important swing states, taking a majority of the electoral vote and a plurality of the popular vote. As of 2020, he is the third of six presidential nominees to win a significant number of electoral votes in at least three elections, the others being Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. Cleveland ran on a platform of lowering the tariff and opposed the Republicans’ 1890 voting rights proposal. He was also a proponent of the gold standard, while the Republicans and Populists both supported bimetalism.
At the time, it was the same time as the hard-money and gold standard was headed by Adlai E. Stevenson I, a supporter of green paper and free silver to inflate the currency and alleviate economic distress in rural districts. Cleveland directed his own support to his vice-presidential favorite, AdLai E Stevenson I from Illinois, who supported the same gold standard and green paper as he did. Cleveland won the presidency in 1892 with 617 votes, barely 10 more than needed to win the election. In a narrow firstballot victory, Cleveland received 617 103 for 114 for Hill, Governor of Iowa, former Republican and former Republican, and former Iowa Governor HoraceBoies, a populist and former GOP candidate. The Democrats did not win another presidential election until 1912, and they did not return to the White House until 1928. The Democratic Party was not able to escape its past association with Tammany Hall, and lack of confidence in Hill’s ability to defeat Cleveland for the nomination kept Hill from attaining the support he needed at the time of the convention. The Republican Party of the United States was formed in 1891 and was led by James G. Blaine and William McKinley. Harrison defeated Blaine in the 1888 presidential election and was re-nominated in the 1890 presidential election. The 1892 election was a rematch of the closely contested 1888 presidential elections. Harrison was the first Republican president to be re-elected.