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Partisan Division of American State Governments, 1834-1985

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Burnham, W. Dean (Unkown)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Partisan Division of American State Governments Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
governors; legislative bodies; legislators; nineteenth century; political parties; political partisanship; state government; state legislatures; states (USA); twentieth century
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1834-1878
    • DS2: 1878-1923
    • DS3: 1924-1974
    • DS4: 1834-1974, By Year
    • DS5: 1975-1985
    • DS6: Party Code List
Temporal Coverage
  • 1834 / 1985
    Time period: 1834--1985
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
State legislatures in the United States in the period 1834-1985.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 16 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2016-01-13 | Issue Number: 7 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Burnham, W. Dean (1984): Partisan Division of American State Governments, 1834-1985. Version 1. Partisan Division of American State Governments Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.