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Partisan Division of American State Governments, 1834-1985 (ICPSR 16)

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This data collection provides information on the number of seats held by the major and minor parties in both houses of the state legislatures, as well as the party identification of the state's governor during the term of each legislature in the United States in the period 1834-1985. Data are presented annually and biennially for every legislature. The data from 1834 to 1868 for both datasets were collected by W. Dean Burnham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Data for subsequent years were added by the ICPSR staff.

Series: Partisan Division of American State Governments Series

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DS1:  1834-1878 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS2:  1878-1923 - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS3:  1924-1974 - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS4:  1834-1974, By Year - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS5:  1975-1985 - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
DS6:  Party Code List - Download All Files (0.1 MB)

Study Description


Burnham, W. Dean. PARTISAN DIVISION OF AMERICAN STATE GOVERNMENTS, 1834-1985. Conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 198?. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00016.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   governors, legislative bodies, legislators, nineteenth century, political parties, political partisanship, state government, state legislatures, states (USA), twentieth century

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1834--1985

Universe:   State legislatures in the United States in the period 1834-1985.

Data Types:   aggregate data



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