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Presidential Election of 1852: A Resource Guide

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Grand, national, democratic banner - press onward / lith. & pub.
by N. Currier
1 print: lithograph, hand-colored
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1852, 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 1852 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1852 election and a selected bibliography.

1852 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Franklin Pierce
William R. King
Winfield Scott
William Graham

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.

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 1852 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 1852.

A selection of articles on the 1852 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 1852 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 1852.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1852 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1852 presidential election. This site also contains the Whig Party Platform External Link and the Democratic Party Platform External Link of 1852.

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

A Document for All Thinking Men. The Political Letters and Writings of General Scott, Reviewed, Discussed, and Compared. His native Americanism Proved by His Own Words! His Support of the Bankrupt Law Proved by His Own Words! His Support of the United States Bank Proved by his Own Words! His Ignorance of the Constitution Proved by His Own Words! His Hostility to Catholics Proved by His Own Words! And, Finally, His Incompetence, His Aristocracy, and His Persevering Efforts Against the Naturalization Laws, Proved by His Own Words! Washington, D.C.: 1852. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Life of Gen. Franklin Pierce, the Democratic Candidate for President. Trenton, N.J.: Printed by M.R. Hamilton, 1852. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held at Baltimore, June 1-5, 1852, for the Nomination of Candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Printed by R. Armstrong, 1852. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Proceedings of Two Meetings, Held in Boston, on the 7th & 14th July, to Protest Against the Nomination of Gen. Scott, for the Presidency, and to Recommend Hon. Daniel Webster for that Office. Boston: Printed by Prentiss & Sawyer, 1852. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Sketches of the Lives of Franklin Pierce and Wm. R. King, Candidates of the Democratic Republican Party for the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the United States. n. p., 1852. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 132, 222.

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