Major Candidates for the Office of President

NOTE: This list includes candidates who received at least 5 percent of the electoral votes in elections through 1820 or who won at least 2 percent of the popular vote in elections since 1820.

1789 George Washington  
1792 George Washington  
1796 John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Pinckney
Aaron Burr
Samuel Adams
Federalist
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
Democratic-Republican
Democratic-Republican
1800 Thomas Jefferson
Aaron Burr
John Adams
Charles C. Pinckney
Democratic-Republican
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
Federalist
1804 Thomas Jefferson
Charles Pinckney
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
1808 James Madison
Charles C. Pinckney
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
1812 James Madison
De Witt Clinton
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
1816 James Monroe
Rufus King
Democratic-Republican
Federalist
1820 James Monroe Democratic-Republican
1824 John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Henry Clay
William H. Crawford
Democratic-Republican
Democratic-Republican
Democratic-Republican
Democratic-Republican
1828 Andrew Jackson
John Quincy Adams
Democratic
National Republican
1832 Andrew Jackson
Henry Clay
William Wirt
Democratic
National Republican
Anti-Masonic
1836 Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
Hugh L. White
Daniel Webster
Democratic
Whig
Whig
Whig
1840 William Henry Harrison
Martin Van Buren
Whig
Democratic
1844 James K. Polk
Henry Clay
James G. Birney
Democratic
Whig
Liberty
1848 Zachary Taylor
Lewis Cass
Martin Van Buren
Whig
Democratic
Free Soil
1852 Franklin Pierce
Winfield Scott
John P. Hale
Democratic
Whig
Free Soil
1856 James Buchanan
John C. Frémont
Millard Fillmore
Democratic
Republican
American (Know-Nothing)
1860 Abraham Lincoln
Stephen A. Douglas
John C. Breckinridge
John Bell
Republican
Democratic
Democratic
Constitutional Union
1864 Abraham Lincoln
George McClellan
Republican
Democratic
1868 Ulysses S. Grant
Horatio Seymour
Republican
Democratic
1872 Ulysses S. Grant
Horace Greeley
Republican
Democratic-Liberal Republican
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes
Samuel J. Tilden
Republican
Democratic
1880 James A. Garfield
Winfield S. Hancock
James B. Weaver
Republican
Democratic
Greenback-Labor
1884 Grover Cleveland
James G. Blaine
Democratic
Republican
1888 Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
Clinton B. Fisk
Republican
Democratic
Prohibition
1892 Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
James B. Weaver
John Bidwell
Democratic
Republican
People's Party (Populist)
Prohibition
1896 William McKinley
William Jennings Bryan
Republican
Democratic
1900 William McKinley
William Jennings Bryan
Republican
Democratic
1904 Theodore Roosevelt
Alton B. Parker
Eugene V. Debs
Republican
Democratic
Socialist
1908 William H. Taft
William Jennings Bryan
Eugene V. Debs
Republican
Democratic
Socialist
1912 Woodrow Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Eugene V. Debs
Democratic
Progressive (Bull Moose)
Republican
Socialist
1916 Woodrow Wilson
Charles E. Hughes
Allan L. Benson
Democratic
Republican
Socialist
1920 Warren G. Harding
James M. Cox
Eugene V. Debs
Republican
Democratic
Socialist
1924 Calvin Coolidge
John W. Davis
Robert M. La Follette
Republican
Democratic
Progressive
1928 Herbert Hoover
Alfred E. Smith
Republican
Democratic
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Herbert Hoover
Norman Thomas
Democratic
Republican
Socialist
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Alfred Landon
Democratic
Republican
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wendell Willkie
Democratic
Republican
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas E. Dewey
Democratic
Republican
1948 Harry S. Truman
Thomas E. Dewey
Strom Thurmond
Henry A. Wallace
Democratic
Republican
States' Rights (Dixiecrat)
Progressive
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Adlai E. Stevenson
Republican
Democratic
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Adlai E. Stevenson
Republican
Democratic
1960 John F. Kennedy
Richard M. Nixon
Democratic
Republican
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson
Barry M. Goldwater
Democratic
Republican
1968 Richard M. Nixon
Hubert H. Humphrey
George C. Wallace
Republican
Democratic
American Independent
1972 Richard M. Nixon
George S. McGovern
Republican
Democratic
1976 Jimmy Carter
Gerald R. Ford
Democratic
Republican
1980 Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
John B. Anderson
Republican
Democratic
None (Independent)
1984 Ronald Reagan
Walter F. Mondale
Republican
Democratic
1988 George Bush
Michael S. Dukakis
Republican
Democratic
1992 William J. Clinton
George Bush
H. Ross Perot
Democratic
Republican
None (Independent)
1996 William J. Clinton
Robert Dole
H. Ross Perot
Democratic
Republican
Reform
2000

George W. Bush
Albert Gore Jr.
Ralph Nader

Republican
Democratic
Green
2004

George W. Bush
John Kerry
Ralph Nader

Republican
Democratic
Independent
2008

Barack Obama
John McCain
Ralph Nader

Democratic
Republican
Independent


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