Presidential Primary Source: Jefferson, Burr, and the House (1801)

All this month at TCI, we will focus on primary source documents.  The first seven days of November will all be election related.  Our first selection goes to show that if the election of 2012 between President Obama and Governor Romney were to deadlock at 269 electoral votes and be thrown to the House of Representatives (per the 12th amendment); that it would NOT be the first time in our nation’s history.

Have your students analyze this record of the vote in the House in early 1801 and ask your students if they can spot how a Marylander on the mend made a difference in our nation’s electoral history.  Enjoy!


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