An Elector Changes His Vote

1820

During the Era of Good Feelings, when only one political party exists, President James Monroe runs unopposed for reelection in 1820. Former Senator William Plumer of New Hampshire casts his electoral vote for John Quincy Adams rather than for Monroe, to whom he is pledged. Otherwise, Monroe would have received a unanimous vote in the Electoral College. Plumer says he feels that only George Washington deserves a unanimous election.