That's The Ticket:
A Parade of Presidential Elections
|Presidential candidate:||JAMES BUCHANAN, Minister to Great Britain|
|VP candidate:||JOHN BRECKINRIDGE, former Kentucky Congressman|
|Popular votes:||1,836,072 (45.3%)|
|Presidential candidate:||John Fremont, former California Senator|
|VP candidate:||William Dayton, former New Jersey Senator|
|Popular votes:||1,342,345 (33.1%)|
|American Party ("Know-Nothing") Ticket|
|Presidential candidate:||Millard Fillmore, former President|
|VP candidate:||Andrew Jackson Donelson, former Minister to Germany|
|Popular votes:||873,053 (21.5%)|
- The extension of slavery into the West was the hot-button issue of this election and illuminated the division between North and South.
- This election reflected the political firestorm that followed the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854.
- The act repealed the anti-slavery provisions of the 1820 Missouri Compromise and allowed the citizens of the new Kansas and Nebraska territories to decide for themselves whether to make slavery legal.
- Protests to the act led to the formation of the anti-slavery Republican Party in 1854 in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- The Whig Party dissolved over the slavery issue. Its "Know Nothing" remnants sought to curb immigration and naturalization.