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Republican Ticket
Presidential candidate: BENJAMIN HARRISON, former Indiana Senator
VP candidate: LEVI P. MORTON, former Minister to France
Popular votes: 5,449,825 (47.8%)
Electoral votes: 233
Democratic Ticket
Presidential candidate: Grover Cleveland, President
VP candidate: Allen Thurman, former Ohio Senator
Popular votes: 5,539,118 (48.6%)
Electoral votes: 168
1888 US Electoral Map: How each state voted. Wisconsin's Choice: LaFollette.

Election Facts

  • Tariff policy was a major divisive issue of this election.
  • Republicans favored high tariffs to protect domestic industry.
  • Democrats advocated low tariffs to benefit consumers and prevent monopolies.
  • Harrison lost the popular vote but secured the electoral vote by winning Northern and Western states, some by narrow margins.
Grover Cleveland.
WHI 23780.
Campaigning for Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton, possibly Madison, 1888.
WHI 56915.