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Presidential Election of 1848: A Resource Guide

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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1848, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1848 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1848 election and a selected bibliography.

1848 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Lewis Cass
William O. Butler
Free Soil
Martin Van Buren
Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

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

Digital Collections

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

For most of the nineteenth century Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six by eight inches, with lyrics but no music.

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.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, Ca. 1820 to 1860

This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860.

Includes the following sheet music from the 1482 presidential election:

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1789-1924. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1848.

A selection of articles on the 1848 presidential election includes:

Prints & Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1848 presidential election.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1848.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1848 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1848 presidential election. This site also contains the Whig Party Platform External Link and the Democratic Party Platform External Link from 1848.

Getting the Message Out! National Political Campaign Materials, 1840-1860 External Link

The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project Web site provides histories of the presidential campaigns from 1840-1860, as well as primary source material, such as campaign biographies and campaign songbooks. Recordings of some of the songs are also available.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources: Campaign Literature

Allowances and Extra Pay. A Plain Statement of Facts from the Record, Showing Gen. Taylor to have Received $74,864.04 of "Allowances," Besides His Regular Pay. Washington, D.C.: Published under the authority of the National and Jackson Democratic Association Committee, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

An Answer to the Charge Against Gen. Taylor and His Friends, of Opposition to Naturalized Citizens, and Hospitility to Catholics. Washington, D.C.: Fenton, 1848 [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Arguments in Favor of the Support of Taylor and Fillmore. Washington, D.C.: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

A Brief Review of the Career, Character & Campaigns of Zachary Taylor. Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C.: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Campaign of 1848. Free Soil Songs for the People. Boston: n.p., 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Considerations in Favor of the Nomination of Zachary Taylor by the Whig National Convention. By a Conservative Whig. Washington, D.C.: Towers, Printer, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Fraud and Falsehood Exposed ... General Taylor’s Southern Face. Washington, D.C.: Greer’s printing office, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Gen. Taylor’s Moral, Intellectual, & Professional Character. Washington, D.C.: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Oliver Dyer’s Phonographic Report of the Proceedings of the National Free Soil Convention at Buffalo, N. Y., August 9th and 10th, 1848. Buffalo: G. H. Derby & Co., 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held at Baltimore, May 22, 1848. Washington: Printed at the office of Blair & Rives, 1848. [Catalog Record]

A Sketch of the Life and Public Services of General Zachary Taylor, the People’s Candidate for the Presidency, with Considerations in Favor of his Election. Washington, D.C.: Printed by J.T. Towers, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Taylor Text-Book, or Rough and Ready Reckoner. Baltimore: S. Sands, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Adams, John Calvin. General Taylor and the Wilmot Proviso. Boston: Wilson & Damrell, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Poore, Benjamin Perley. Life of Gen. Zachary Taylor: The Whig Candidate for the Presidency. Boston: Stacy, Richardson & Co., printers, 1848. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Serio, Anne Marie. Political Cartoons in the 1848 Election Campaign. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link (PDF / 10,809 Kb)

Silbey, Joel H. Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 131, 221.

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