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Republican Ticket
Presidential candidate: WILLIAM MCKINLEY, President
VP candidate: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, New York Governor
Popular votes: 7,219,193 (51.7%)
Electoral votes: 292
Democratic Ticket
Presidential candidate: William Jennings Bryan, former Nebraska Congressman
VP candidate: Adlai E. Stevenson, former Illinois Congressman
Popular votes: 6,357,698 (45.5%)
Electoral votes: 155
1900 US Electoral Map: How each state voted. Wisconsin's Choice: McKinley.

Election Facts

  • Bryan fared worse in this rematch against McKinley than he experienced in the 1896 election.
  • Bryan's "free coinage of silver" platform appeared irrelevant as the economy improved and gold reserves increased.
  • Bryan failed to win popular support when he railed against American imperialism that followed the Spanish-American War.
  • Backed by prosperity, Republicans urged voters to maintain the status quo.
William Jennings Bryan addresses a crowd in Columbus, WI, October 3, 1900.
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William McKinley, as illustrated on a campaign poster, 1900.
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Anti-Bryan political cartoon, 1900.
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