FINAL ELECTORAL VOTE MADE OFFICIAL ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, February 14, 1917, the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, received a Valentine from the Congress of the United States informing him and the Nation that he was the official winner of the Election of 1916*.
The Evening News of Sault Ste Marie**, Michigan described it in their front page story as "A Pretty Valentine For Wilson."
The Electoral College results were presented in "a solemn little ceremony" on the morning of February 14th at the United States Capitol. The final results were Woodrow Wilson (D) 277, Charles Evans Hughes (R) 254.
*Wilson received 9.1 million popular votes (49.2) while Hughes received 8.5 million (46.2) The Democrat carried the Solid South including his birth state of Virginia and most of the West. The Republican won the Northeast except for New Hampshire & Ohio.
Charles Evans Hughes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, argued that Wilson had not taken "necessary precautions" to prepare for war while the President ran on the platform "He Kept Us Out of War."
Woodrow Wilson was the first Democrat since Andrew Jackson to be elected to two consecutive terms.
**Sault Ste Marie is the county seat of Chippewa County located at the NE end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the Canadian border.
"A Pretty Valentine For Woodrow and a Comic for Charley," The Evening News, February 14, 1917, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan & Ont., Volume 16, Number 254, Last Edition. NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE, www.newspaperarchive.com/
"1916 Election," The President Woodrow Wilson House, www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/