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ⓘ 1896 United States House of Representatives elections




1896 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska
                                     

ⓘ 1896 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

Elections to the United States House of Representatives were held in 1896 for members of the 55th Congress, coinciding with the election of President William McKinley.

Despite the McKinleys victory over William Jennings Bryan, democratic and populist parties gained seats from the Republican party McKinleys. Most likely this is a reaction to the extraordinary success of the Republicans in 1894, in which many typically democratic districts switched parties due to the severity and consequences of the panic of 1893. Many of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions that were dominated by Catholic and working class voters, switched to Republican in 1894, but returned to the Democratic party in this election cycle. The populist party also made huge gains as Republicans were ousted in Western States. Despite this, Republicans still maintain a solid majority in the house. In addition, some Western Republicans split with the party in 1896, forming a tiny silver faction of the ruling Republican party, which advocated the silver standard.

This election marked the Zenith of the populist party, which would go on to lose the majority of seats in the elections of 1898 and then gradually fade from attention.