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State Elections Lost By Presidents | The Progressive Professor
Today, we will examine elections at the state and Congressional level lost by future Presidents, indicating that about a third of our Presidents lost election on the way to the White House. William Henry Harrison lost election as Governor of Ohio in 1820, and as a Congressman in 1822. John Quincy Adams lost election as Governor of Massachusetts in 1833. James K. Polk lost election as Governor of Tennessee in 1841 and again in 1843. Abraham Lincoln lost election as Senator of Illinois in 1854 and again in 1858. Andrew Johnson lost election as Senator of Tennessee in 1869 and again in 1872. Rutherford B. Hayes lost election as Congressman of Ohio in 1872. Benjamin Harrison lost election as Governor of Indiana in 1876 and as Senator in 1887. William McKinley lost election as Congressman of Ohio in 1890. Warren G. Harding lost election as Governor of Ohio in 1910. Lyndon B. Johnson lost election as Senator of Texas in 1941. Richard Nixon lost election as