United States elections, 1850

Partisan control of Congress and the presidency
Previous party
Incoming party
President Whig Whig
House Democratic Democratic
Senate Democratic Democratic

The 1850 United States elections occurred in the middle of Whig President Millard Fillmore's term, during the Second Party System. Fillmore took office in July 1850, upon the death of his predecessor, Zachary Taylor. Members of the 32nd United States Congress were chosen in this election. Democrats kept control of both houses of Congress.

In the House, Democrats won several seats from the Whigs, building on their control of the chamber. Several supporters of the Georgia Platform also won election as Unionists.[1]

In the Senate, Whigs lost a small number of seats to Democrats and the Free Soil Party. Democrats retained a strong majority.[2]

See also


  1. "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
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