Wisconsin Historical Society

Online Exhibit

That's the Ticket! A Parade of Presidential Elections

Presidential Elections in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
Cartoon of presidents holding a banner that says That's the Ticket, A Parade of Presidential Elections.

That's the Ticket, 2008

Green Bay, Wisconsin. Portion of the cartoon created and donated for the "That's the Ticket!" exhibit by editorial cartoonist Joe Heller.

"That's the Ticket: A Parade of Presidential Elections" is an exhibit that provides a synopsis of candidates, election facts, electoral maps and historic photos for every presidential campaign from 1856-2008.

Use this tool to compare and contrast elections.

You will learn that the issues in our nation's political history such as war, taxes, recession, healthcare, immigration and the environment — as well as judgments about the character and experience of candidates — have played out many times up to the present day.

How the exhibit is organized

The exhibit starts with the 1856 presidential election and proceeds chronologically through 2008. We start in the year 1856 because it was the first year the Democratic Party faced off against the newly formed Republican Party, which was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854.

  • Slate of Candidates: Each party's presidential and vice presidential candidates (tickets) are listed along with election results in both popular and electoral votes. Only tickets that won electoral votes are listed.
  • Election Facts: Campaign and election facts summarize some of the economic, social and political issues that affected the course of the election.
  • Electoral Map: A full color map of the United States gives a visual representation of how America voted. You can see which states voted for which tickets.
  • Wisconsin's Choice: A special map of Wisconsin documents how our citizens voted.
  • Historic Photos: Images feature the national candidates. Many were taken during campaign stops in Wisconsin, demonstrating a unique Wisconsin perspective. Others document the campaign conventions and inaugurations.
People Featured in This Exhibit:
  • Spiro Agnew 
  • Chester A. Arthur 
  • Alben W. Barkley
  • Lloyd Bentsen
  • Joseph Biden 
  • James Blaine 
  • Francis Blair 
  • John C. Breckinridge 
  • John W. Bricker 
  • B. Gratz Brown 
  • William Jennings Bryan 
  • Charles W. Bryan
  • James Buchanan 
  • George H. W. Bush 
  • George W. Bush 
  • Nicholas M. Butler
  • Jimmy Carter 
  • Dick Cheney 
  • Grover Cleveland 
  • Bill Clinton 
  • Schuyler Colfax 
  • Calvin Coolidge 
  • James M. Cox 
  • Charles Curtis 
  • Henry G. Davis 
  • John W. Davis 
  • Charles G. Dawes 
  • William Dayton 
  • Thomas Dewey 
  • Bob Dole 
  • Stephen A. Douglas 
  • Michael Dukakis 
  • John Edwards 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower 
  • William English
  • Charles W. Fairbanks 
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Gerald Ford 
  • John Fremont 
  • James Garfield 
  • John Nance Garner 
  • Barry Goldwater 
  • Al Gore 
  • Ulysses S. Grant 
  • Horace Greeley 
  • Hannibal Hamlin 
  • Winfield Scott Hancock 
  • Warren G. Harding 
  • Benjamin Harrison 
  • Rutherford B. Hayes 
  • Thomas Hendricks 
  • Garret Hobart 
  • Herbert Hoover 
  • Charles Evans Hughes 
  • Hubert Humphrey 
  • Herschel V. Johnson 
  • Lyndon B. Johnson 
  • Andrew Johnson 
  • Estes Kefauver 
  • Jack Kemp 
  • John F. Kennedy 
  • John W. Kern
  • John Kerry 
  • Frank Knox 
  • Alf Landon 
  • Joe Lieberman 
  • Abraham Lincoln 
  • Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. 
  • John A. Logan 
  • Thomas R. Marshall 
  • John McCain 
  • George McClellan 
  • George McGovern 
  • William McKinley 
  • Charles L. McNary 
  • William E. Miller 
  • Walter Mondale 
  • Levi Morton 
  • Edmund Muskie
  • Richard Nixon 
  • Barack Obama 
  • Sarah Palin 
  • Alton B. Parker 
  • George Hunt Pendleton 
  • Dan Quayle 
  • Ronald Reagan 
  • Whitelaw Reid 
  • Joseph Taylor Robinson
  • Mitt Romney 
  • Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 
  • Paul Ryan 
  • Arthur Sewall
  • Horatio Seymour 
  • James S. Sherman 
  • Sargent Shriver
  • Al Smith 
  • John Sparkman 
  • Adlai E. Stevenson 
  • William Howard Taft 
  • Allen G. Thurman
  • Samuel J. Tilden 
  • Harry S. Truman 
  • Henry A. Wallace 
  • William A. Wheeler 
  • Wendell Willkie 
  • Woodrow Wilson 
  • Henry Wilson