1928 United States presidential election
531 members of the Electoral College
266 electoral votes needed to win
|Turnout||56.9% 8.0 pp|
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Hoover/Curtis, blue denotes those won by Smith/Robinson. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
The 36th United States Presidential election occurred on November 6, 1928. The election was won by Herbert Hoover. Incumbent President Calvin Coolidge, who had been president since the death of Warren G. Harding in 1923 and was elected to a full term in 1924, decided not to run for re-election.
Al Smith, the losing candidate who was a Roman Catholic, was the first Catholic nominee for a major party in American history. He faced widespread anti-Catholic opposition. Hoover was, after all, a Protestant since he grew up in a Quaker family. It wasn't until 1960 that a Roman Catholic, John F. Kennedy, was elected.
Candidates[change | change source]
Republican Party[change | change source]
- Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce (nominee)
- Frank Orren Lowden, former Governor of Illinois
- Charles Curtis, Senate Majority Leader from Kansas (vice-presidential nominee)
Democratic Party[change | change source]
- Al Smith, Governor of New York (nominee)
- Cordell Hull, Representative from Tennessee
- James A. Reed, Senator from Missouri
- Atlee Pomerene, former Senator from Ohio