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Presidential Election of 1792: A Resource Guide

George Washington Esq., President of the United States of America
George Washington Esq., President of the United States of America / E. Savage pinx et sculp.
London: E. Savage, June 25, 1793.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1792, including manuscripts, letters, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1792 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1792 election and a selected bibliography.

1792 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party Presidential Nominee Electoral College
Federalist George Washington 132

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875.

  • On February 13, 1793, the Electoral College votes for the presidential election of 1792 were counted by a joint session of Congress and reported in the Annals of Congress, as well as in the House Journal and Senate Journal.

George Washington Papers

The complete George Washington Papers collection from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 documents.

A selection of items related to the 1792 presidential election includes:

James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1859

The Madison Papers consist of approximately 12,000 items, spanning the period 1723-1859, captured in some 72,000 digital images.

A selection of items related to the 1792 presidential election includes:

  • James Madison, May 25, 1792. Substance of a conversation with Pres. George Washington, May 5, 1792, "He had not however persuaded himself that his continuance in public life could be of so much necessity or importance as was conceived, and his disinclination to it, was becoming every day more & more fixed; so that he wished to make up his mind as soon as possible on the points he had mentioned. What he desired was to prefer that mode which would be most remote from the appearance of arrogantly presuming on his re-election in case he should not withdraw himself, and such a time as would be most convenient to the public in making the choice of his successor." [Transcription]
  • Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, October 1, 1792, "I proceeded to M. Vernon and had a full, free, and confidential conversation with the President. The particulars shall be communicated when I see you. He declares himself quite undecided about retiring, desirous to do so, yet not decided if strong motives against it exist. He thinks if he declares a month before the day of election it will be sufficient: consequently that he may make his declaration even after the meeting of Congress." [Transcription]
  • W.O. Callis to James Madison, December 2, 1792, "I have now to retu[r]n you my particular thanks for your communications, relative to the Competitors for the Vice Presidency; and am particularly happy to add that I am confident that Mr A. will not get more than one Vote from this State: but whether Mr C. will get the ballance is not so certain, but thinking with you that ant[i]republicanism, and not antifœderalism is now most to be guarded against, I flatter myself he will: but I could wish for my own part that we had neither to contend with." [Transcription]
  • James Madison to Edmund Pendleton, December 6, 1792, "The election of a vice P. has excited in this quarter considerable animation, and called forth comparative portraits of the political characters of Mr. Adams & Govr. Clinton the only candidates brought into the field. The former has been exhibited in all its monarchical features; and the latter in the antifederal colors it wore in 1788. There are not sufficient data here to calculate with certainty the event of the contest." [Transcription]

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827

The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents.

A selection of items related to the 1792 presidential election includes:

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1792 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1792 presidential election.

Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington: Presidential Election of 1792 External Link

The Mount Vernon Estate's Web site contains an essay on the presidential election of 1792.

Founders Online

The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), has entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create this site and make freely available online the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825 External Link

A searchable collection of election returns from 1787 to 1825. The data were compiled by Philip Lampi. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected Bibliography

Cunliffe, Marcus. "Elections of 1789 and 1792," in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, eds. Gil Troy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Fred L. Israel. 3 vols. I, 1-28. New York: Facts On File, 2012. [Catalog Record]

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., Fred L. Israel, and David J. Frent, eds. The Elections of 1789 & 1792 and the Administration of George Washington. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 207.

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