1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

← 1892 November 3, 1896 1900 →
Turnout70.6%[1] Decrease 4.0 pp
  William McKinley by Courtney Art Studio, 1896.jpg WilliamJBryan1902.png
Nominee William McKinley William Jennings Bryan
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio Nebraska
Running mate Garret Hobart Arthur Sewall
Electoral vote 15 0
Popular vote 278,976 105,711
Percentage 69.47% 26.32%

President before election

Grover Cleveland

Elected President

William McKinley

The 1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 3, 1896 as part of the 1896 United States presidential election. Voters chose 15 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominee, former governor of Ohio William McKinley, over the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative from Nebraska William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won Massachusetts by a margin of 43.15%.

McKinley was able to win every county in the state of Massachusetts, including s rare Republican victory in Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston. Bryan, running on a platform of free silver, appealed strongly to Western miners and farmers in the 1896 election, but had little appeal in the Northeastern states such as Massachusetts. However, Bryan would win Suffolk County during his rematch with McKinley in 1900 but would lose it again to William Howard Taft in 1908.

With 69.47% of the popular vote, Massachusetts would be McKinley's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after neighboring Vermont.[2]


1896 United States presidential election in Massachusetts[3]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican William McKinley of Ohio Garret Hobart of New Jersey 278,976 69.47% 15 100.00%
Democratic William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska Arthur Sewall of Maine 105,711 26.32% 0 0.00%
National Democratic John McAuley Palmer of Illinois Simon Bolivar Buckner of Kentucky 11,749 2.93% 0 0.00%
Prohibition Joshua Levering of Maryland Hale Johnson of Illinois 2,998 0.75% 0 0.00%
Socialist Labor Charles Horatio Matchett of New York Matthew Maguire of New Jersey 2,114 0.53% 0 0.00%
N/A Others Others 20 0.01% 0 0.00%
Total 401,568 100.00% 15 100.00%


  1. ^ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, part 2, p. 1072.
  2. ^ "1896 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "1896 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 23 December 2013.