Mapping Early American Elections


14th Congress: Kentucky 1814

Kentucky elected ten Democratic-Republicans to the Fourteenth Congress.

The map for this election is incomplete due to the lack of returns at the town or county level.

Kentucky used a district system for electing members to Congress.

In 1815, a special election was held to confirm the legality of Henry Clay’s election to the the 14th Congress, as he was serving as a foreign minster during the regular election. Clay’s elected was confirmed without opposition.

In 1816, a special election was held in which Thomas Fletcher was elected to replace James Clarke, who had resigned.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
1 James Clarke Democratic-Republican unopposed
2 Henry Clay Democratic-Republican unopposed
3 Richard M. Johnson Democratic-Republican 3,677 unopposed
4 Joseph Desha Democratic-Republican unopposed
5 Alney MacLean Democratic-Republican 3,156 54.1%
5 Anthony New Democratic-Republican 1,580 27.1%
5 Rezin Davidge 1,100 18.8%
6 Solomon P. Sharpe Democratic-Republican unopposed
7 Samuel MacKee Democratic-Republican 2,272 61.3%
7 Samuel South 1,436 38.7%
8 Stephen Ormsby Democratic-Republican
9 Micah Taul Democratic-Republican
10 Benjamin Harden Democratic-Republican

In most cases, only candidates who received more than 5 percent of the vote in a district are reported. Other candidates are reported as a group, but only if they in aggregate received more than 5 percent of the vote. In addition, percentages for each district may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. The term Dissenting Republican includes various breakaway factions of the Democratic-Republican party.



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