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What I did during the most boring 2-hour class ever.  I assume that each always voted when eligible (unless they indicated otherwise), and always voted for the party they were involved with (unless they indicated or there was strong evidence otherwise).  Interesting notes in parentheses.

1789:

Washington: Federalist electors
Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Anti-Federalist electors
Madison: Federalist electors
Monroe: Federalist electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Anti-Federalist electors

1792:

Washington: Federalist electors
Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors

1796:

Washington: Federalist electors
Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors

1800:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors

1804:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Van Buren: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors

1808:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Van Buren: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors

1812:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Van Buren: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors
Tyler: Republican electors
Buchanan: Federalist electors

1816:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Van Buren: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors
Tyler: Republican electors
Buchanan: Federalist electors

1820:

Adams: Federalist electors
Jefferson: Republican electors
Madison: Republican electors
Monroe: Republican electors
J.Q. Adams: Federalist electors
Jackson: Republican electors
Van Buren: Republican electors
Harrison: Federalist electors
Tyler: Republican electors
Polk: Republican electors
Buchanan: Federalist electors
Lincoln: Federalist electors

1824:

Adams: J.Q. Adams
Jefferson: Crawford
Madison: Crawford
Monroe: Crawford
J.Q. Adams: himself
Jackson: himself
Van Buren: Jackson Republican electors
Harrison: Clay
Tyler: Crawford
Polk: Jackson
Fillmore: Adams Republican electors
Buchanan: Clay
Lincoln: Clay or Adams

1828:

Madison: Jackson
Monroe: Jackson
J.Q. Adams: himself
Jackson: himself
Van Buren: Jackson
Harrison: J.Q. Adams
Tyler: Jackson
Polk: Jackson
Fillmore: J.Q. Adams
Pierce: Jackson
Buchanan: Jackson
Lincoln: Adams

1832:

Madison: Jackson
J.Q. Adams: Clay
Jackson: himself
Van Buren: Jackson
Harrison: Clay
Tyler: Jackson
Polk: Jackson
Fillmore: Clay
Pierce: Jackson
Buchanan: Jackson
Lincoln: Clay
Johnson: Jackson

1836:

J.Q. Adams: Webster
Jackson: Van Buren
Van Buren: himself
Harrison: himself
Tyler: himself
Polk: Van Buren
Fillmore: Harrison
Pierce: Van Buren
Buchanan: Van Buren
Lincoln: Harrison
Johnson: Van Buren

1840:

J.Q. Adams: Harrison or Birney
Jackson: Van Buren
Van Buren: himself
Harrison: himself
Tyler: Harrison
Polk: Van Buren
Fillmore: Harrison
Pierce: Van Buren
Buchanan: Van Buren
Lincoln: Harrison
Johnson: Van Buren

1844:

J.Q. Adams: Clay or Birney (likely Birney)
Jackson: Polk
Van Buren: Polk or Birney (likely Birney)
Tyler: Polk
Polk: himself
Fillmore: Clay
Pierce: Polk
Buchanan: Polk
Lincoln: Clay
Johnson: Polk
Hayes: Clay

1848:

Van Buren: himself
Tyler: Cass
Polk: Cass
Taylor: himself (admitted he'd never voted beforehand)
Fillmore: Taylor
Pierce: Cass
Buchanan: Cass
Lincoln: Taylor
Johnson: Cass
Hayes: Taylor

1852:

Van Buren: Pierce or Hale
Tyler: Pierce
Fillmore: Scott
Pierce: himself
Buchanan: Pierce
Lincoln: Scott
Johnson: Pierce
Hayes: Scott
Arthur: Scott

1856:

Van Buren: Buchanan
Tyler: Buchanan
Fillmore: himself
Pierce: Buchanan
Buchanan: himself
Lincoln: Fremont
Johnson: Buchanan
Grant: Buchanan (his first vote)
Hayes: Fremont
Arthur: Fremont
B. Harrison: Fremont

1860:

Van Buren: Fusion (Douglas)
Tyler: Breckinridge or Douglas
Fillmore: Bell
Pierce: Douglas
Buchanan: Breckinridge
Lincoln: himself
Johnson: Breckinridge
Grant: Douglas
Hayes: Lincoln
Garfield: Lincoln
Arthur: Lincoln
Cleveland: Fusion (Douglas)
B. Harrison: Lincoln

1864:

Pierce: McClellan
Buchanan: McClellan
Lincoln: himself
Johnson: Lincoln (assuming he was eligible to vote)
Grant: Lincoln
Hayes: Lincoln
Garfield: ? (refused to endorse Lincoln's reelection)
Arthur: Lincoln
Cleveland: McClellan
B. Harrison: Lincoln
McKinley: Lincoln

1868:

Pierce: Seymour
Johnson: Seymour
Grant: himself
Hayes: Grant
Garfield: Grant (strongly disliked him for dismissing his friend General Rosecrans, and only reluctantly supported him both times)
Arthur: Grant
Cleveland: Seymour
B. Harrison: Grant
McKinley: Grant

1872:

Johnson: Greeley
Grant: himself
Hayes: Grant
Garfield: Grant
Arthur: Grant
Cleveland: Greeley
B. Harrison: Grant
McKinley: Grant

1876:

Grant: Hayes
Hayes: himself
Garfield: Hayes
Arthur: Hayes (he regretted this vote...)
Cleveland: Tilden
B. Harrison: Hayes
McKinley: Hayes

1880:

Grant: Garfield
Hayes: Garfield
Garfield: himself
Arthur: Garfield
Cleveland: Hancock
B. Harrison: Garfield
McKinley: Garfield
Roosevelt: Garfield
Taft: Garfield
WIlson: Hancock

1884:

Grant: Blaine
Hayes: Blaine
Arthur: Blaine
Cleveland: himself
B. Harrison: Blaine
McKinley: Blaine
Roosevelt: Blaine (initially indicated he'd support Cleveland, then flip-flopped)
Taft: Blaine
Wilson: Cleveland

1888:

Hayes: Harrison
Cleveland: himself
B. Harrison: himself
McKinley: Harrison
Roosevelt: Harrison
Taft: Harrison
Wilson: Cleveland
Harding: Harrison
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1892:

Hayes: Harrison
Cleveland: himself
B. Harrison: himself
McKinley: Harrison
Roosevelt: Harrison
Taft: Harrison
Wilson: Cleveland
Harding: Harrison

1896:

Cleveland: Palmer
B. Harrison: McKinley
McKinley: himself
Roosevelt: McKinley
Taft: McKinley
Wilson: Palmer
Harding: McKinley
Coolidge: McKinley
Hoover: McKinley (may not have voted, he was fairly apolitical at the time)

1900:

Cleveland: McKinley (appeared at a campaign rally for him)
B. Harrison: McKinley
McKinley: himself
Roosevelt: McKinley
Taft: McKinley
Wilson: Probably McKinley
Harding: McKinley
Coolidge: McKinley
Hoover: McKinley

1904:

Cleveland: Parker
Roosevelt: himself
Taft: Roosevelt
Wilson: Probably Roosevelt
Harding: Roosevelt
Coolidge: Roosevelt
Hoover: Roosevelt
F. Roosevelt: Roosevelt

1908:

Roosevelt: Taft
Taft: himself
Wilson: Probably Taft
Harding: Taft
Coolidge: Taft
Hoover: Taft
F. Roosevelt: Bryan
Truman: Bryan

1912:

Roosevelt: himself
Taft: himself
Wilson: himself
Harding: Taft
Coolidge: Taft
Hoover: Roosevelt (first time he publicly supported a candidate)
F. Roosevelt: Wilson
Truman: Wilson
Eisenhower: Taft or Roosevelt

1916:

Roosevelt: Hughes
Taft: Hughes
Wilson: himself
Harding: Hughes
Coolidge: Hughes
Hoover: Wilson? (was appointed head of the US Food Administration by Wilson)
F. Roosevelt: Wilson
Truman: Wilson
Eisenhower: Hughes

1920:

Taft: Harding
Wilson: Cox
Harding: himself
Coolidge: Harding
Hoover: Harding
F. Roosevelt: Cox
Truman: Cox
Eisenhower: Harding

1924:

Taft: Coolidge
Coolidge: himself
Hoover: Coolidge
F. Roosevelt: Davis
Truman: Davis
Eisenhower: Coolidge

1928:

Taft: Hoover
Coolidge: Hoover (reluctantly: "for six years that man has given me unsolicited adviceóall of it bad.")
Hoover: himself
F. Roosevelt: Smith
Truman: Smith (possibly Hoover, given general xenophobia at the time)
Eisenhower: Hoover

1932:

Coolidge: Hoover
Hoover: himself
F. Roosevelt: himself
Truman: Roosevelt
Eisenhower: Hoover
L.B. Johnson: Roosevelt
Reagan: Roosevelt (voted for Roosevelt and Truman)

1936:

Hoover: Landon
F. Roosevelt: himself
Truman: Roosevelt
Eisenhower: Landon
L.B. Johnson: Roosevelt
Nixon: Landon
Ford: Landon
Reagan: Roosevelt

1940:

Hoover: Willkie
F. Roosevelt: himself
Truman: Roosevelt
Eisenhower: Willkie
Kennedy: Probably Willkie (Roosevelt fired his father as ambassador that year, and he was a member of America First)
L.B. Johnson: Roosevelt
Nixon: Willkie
Ford: Willkie
Reagan: Roosevelt

1944:

Hoover: Dewey
F. Roosevelt: himself
Truman: Roosevelt
Eisenhower: Dewey
Kennedy: Roosevelt
L.B. Johnson: Roosevelt
Nixon: Dewey
Ford: Dewey
Reagan: Roosevelt

1948:

Hoover: Dewey
Truman: himself
Eisenhower: Dewey
Kennedy: Truman
L.B. Johnson: Truman
Nixon: Dewey
Ford: Dewey
Carter: Truman
Reagan: Truman
Bush: Dewey

1952:

Hoover: Eisenhower
Truman: Stevenson
Eisenhower: himself
Kennedy: Stevenson
L.B. Johnson: Stevenson
Nixon: Eisenhower
Ford: Eisenhower
Carter: Stevenson
Reagan: Eisenhower
Bush: Eisenhower

1956:

Hoover: Eisenhower
Truman: Stevenson
Eisenhower: himself
Kennedy: Stevenson
L.B. Johnson: Stevenson
Nixon: Eisenhower
Ford: Eisenhower
Carter: Stevenson
Reagan: Eisenhower
Bush: Eisenhower

1960:

Hoover: Nixon
Truman: Kennedy
Eisenhower: Nixon (privately disliked him and his endorsement was lukewarm at best)
Kennedy: himself
L.B. Johnson: Kennedy
Nixon: himself
Ford: Nixon
Carter: Kennedy
Reagan: Nixon
Bush: Nixon

1964:

Truman: Johnson
Eisenhower: Goldwater (publicly disliked each other and his endorsement was lukewarm at best)
L.B. Johnson: himself
Nixon: Goldwater
Ford: Goldwater (a lukewarm endorsement)
Carter: Huh
Reagan: Goldwater
Bush: Goldwater (was a Goldwater delegate to the RNC as well)

1968:

Truman: Humphrey
Eisenhower: Nixon
L.B. Johnson: Humphrey
Nixon: himself
Ford: Nixon
Carter: Wallace (claimed to be a supporter in 1970 gubernatorial campaign)
Reagan: Nixon
Bush: Nixon
Clinton: Humphrey
G.W. Bush: Nixon

1972:

Truman: McGovern
L.B. Johnson: McGovern
Nixon: himself
Ford: Nixon
Carter: Nixon (led the "Stop McGovern" campaign; they hate each other)
Reagan: Nixon
Bush: Nixon
Clinton: McGovern (ran the McGovern campaign in Texas)
G.W. Bush: Nixon

1976:

Nixon: Ford
Ford: himself
Carter: himself
Reagan: Ford
Bush: Ford
Clinton: Carter
G.W. Bush: Ford

1980:

Nixon: Reagan
Ford: Reagan (appeared in a Reagan campaign ad)
Carter: himself
Reagan: himself
Bush: Reagan
Clinton: Carter
G.W. Bush: Reagan
Obama: Carter

1984:

Nixon: Reagan
Ford: Reagan
Carter: Mondale
Reagan: himself
Bush: Reagan
Clinton: Mondale
G.W. Bush: Reagan
Obama: Mondale

1988:

Nixon: Bush
Ford: Bush
Carter: Dukakis
Reagan: Bush
Bush: himself
Clinton: Dukakis
G.W. Bush: Bush
Obama: Dukakis

1992:

Nixon: Bush
Ford: Bush
Carter: Clinton
Reagan: Bush
Bush: himself
Clinton: himself
G.W. Bush: Bush
Obama: Clinton

1996:

Ford: Dole
Carter: Clinton
Reagan: Dole
Bush: Dole
Clinton: himself
G.W. Bush: Dole
Obama: Clinton

2000:

Ford: Bush
Carter: Gore
Reagan: Bush
Bush: Bush
Clinton: Gore
G.W. Bush: himself
Obama: Gore

2004:

Ford: Bush (he privately said he strongly disagreed with Bush on gay marriage and the Iraq War, but I assume party loyalty was too strong)
Carter: Kerry
Bush: Bush
Clinton: Kerry
G.W. Bush: himself
Obama: Kerry (was the keynote speaker at the DNC)

2008:

Carter: Obama
Bush: McCain
Clinton: Obama (he might've voted for McCain over sour grapes, but I doubt it)
G.W. Bush: McCain (strongly disliked him for 2000, privately indicated he would've endorsed Obama if asked)
Obama: himself
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FTR, Buchanan used to be a Federalist.
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FTR, Buchanan used to be a Federalist.

Oversight on my part, corrected him thru 1824.
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this is something i've always wondered. I've always wondered if George Mahon, Wright Patman, Bill Poage, F.E. Hebert etc voted for McGovern in 1972 or if Javits, Brooke, Case etc voted for Goldwater in 1964.
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Are these just guesses or are they facts?
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this is something i've always wondered. I've always wondered if George Mahon, Wright Patman, Bill Poage, F.E. Hebert etc voted for McGovern in 1972 or if Javits, Brooke, Case etc voted for Goldwater in 1964.

Bill Poage actually publicly endorsed McGovern. I attended college at Baylor (Poage's alma mater) and once attended a lecture by a former staffer of his who went on to serve in the Clinton administration. He said he asked Poage why he would endorse McGovern when they disagreed on so many things and when his own constituents were likely going to vote overwhelmingly for Nixon. Poage replied, "'Cause I'm a good Democrat."
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Anyone think Obama might have voted for Reagan in 80/84 considering his admiration for him?
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I would place very heavy odds that Carter voted for LBJ in '64 and I really doubt he voted for Nixon in '72; he opposed McGovern at the convention, but also lobbied for the veep slot after McGovern was chosen. It's likely his "stop McGovern" efforts was a show for conservative voters back home, and I suspect the same of his claim to have supported Wallace in '68 (elsewhere, he intimated he had backed RFK for the Dem. nomination). Speaking of RFK, I seem to recall reading somewhere that he had voted for Eisenhower over Stevenson in either '52 or '56; it wouldn't completely surprise me if his older brother or LBJ did as well.
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Anyone think Obama might have voted for Reagan in 80/84 considering his admiration for him?

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Whence the notion Eisenhower, if political at the time, voted against FDR?
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Anyone think Obama might have voted for Reagan in 80/84 considering his admiration for him?

From what we know of him, Obama was very left-wing at the time.  There's no chance he voted for Reagan.

Whence the notion Eisenhower, if political at the time, voted against FDR?

Members of the Republican Party from Kansas generally didn't vote for Roosevelt, and he was partisan enough to support Goldwater.
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Anyone think Obama might have voted for Reagan in 80/84 considering his admiration for him?

From what we know of him, Obama was very left-wing at the time.  There's no chance he voted for Reagan.

Whence the notion Eisenhower, if political at the time, voted against FDR?

Members of the Republican Party from Kansas generally didn't vote for Roosevelt, and he was partisan enough to support Goldwater.

Landon I can see, but they worked together very closely during the war, and I'm actually having a hard time seeing him being particularly political at that point. He only really started to disdain the Democrats and rebuff the Democratic President during Truman's administration, if memory serves.
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The number of Kansan Republican religious WASP commissioned officers with Republican parents who vote for Democrats in any given election can probably be counted on your fingers.
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Point taken. I'm just not certain Eisenhower would have actively voted against FDR.
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I take it little of this is fact and the majority is speculation?
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I take it little of this is fact and the majority is speculation?

I tried to look it up whenever possible.  It's about half-and-half, anything "unexpected" (Grant being a Democrat in 1856/60, for example) is fact.
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The bit about GWB being willing to endorse Obama if asked seems pretty shaky.
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The bit about GWB being willing to endorse Obama if asked seems pretty shaky.

http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2010/11/bush-i-probably-wont-even-vote-for-mccain/#axzz1sWNyBtfE
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I'm surprised that didn't get picked up on this side of the pond. The fact that both of his daughters voted for Obama was pretty well-publicized. I've also read that Laura is a "closet Democrat."
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Lincoln's first vote was for Clay in 1832.  He wasn't old enough to vote before then.

As a Radical Republican, if Garfield voted in 1864, it was for Lincoln.
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I'm surprised that didn't get picked up on this side of the pond. The fact that both of his daughters voted for Obama was pretty well-publicized. I've also read that Laura is a "closet Democrat."

For Bush, it would've been more about hating McCain than loving Obama, surely?
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I doubt Reagan was able to vote for anybody at all by 2000.
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I doubt Reagan was able to vote for anybody at all by 2000.
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this is something i've always wondered. I've always wondered if George Mahon, Wright Patman, Bill Poage, F.E. Hebert etc voted for McGovern in 1972 or if Javits, Brooke, Case etc voted for Goldwater in 1964.

Patman voted for McGovern; he was the chair of the House Banking Committee that first investigated Watergate in 1972, and Patman's efforts were frustrated by Nixon's influence with a few key Southern Democratic conservatives on the committee, plus Rep. Frank Brasco (D-NY) who was soon to be indicted.

Someone already shared Poage's loyalty to the Democratic ticket. 

Hebert didn't vote in elections; he was an odd duck that way.  He NEVER endorsed any Presidential candidates.

Mahon likely took the posture that he was voting for the Democratic ticket, but wasn't going to ask anyone else to.  He was the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, so he was a big part of the leadership.  If he had been too disloyal he might have been ousted after the 1974 elections, as Bob Poage (unfairly) was.

Javits did not endorse Goldwater, and was publicly neutral.  It's quite possible that Javits voted for Goldwater in the privacy of the voting booth.  In Goldwater's second Senate stint, he and Javits were good friends.  Goldwater endorsed Javits in the 1980 NY GOP Senate Primary in his race against Al D'Amato.

Case did not endorse Goldwater, and probably voted for Johnson in the privacy of the voting booth.

Brooke wasn't a Senator in 1964.  He was a committed GOP partisan, despite being a liberal.  He never, while in political office, opposed the GOP volubly.
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