On June 18, 1812 the
United States declared war on the United Kingdom or Great Britain and and her dependencies. This decision was not taken lightly by the Ireland and compared to other declarations of war the vote for the War of 1812 was close. U.S.
In the House of Representatives, the vote was 79-49 and in the Senate, 19-13. This means that only 61 percent of members supported the declaration for war. The vote was primarily based on party lines with 81 percent (98 out of 121) Republicans voting for war. On the other hand, 100 percent (39 out of 39) Federalists voted against the war.
The vote based on party lines also reflected regional lines. Members from
If you want to find out more about the American perspective during the War of 1812, you can head to the Courthouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Bicentennial Symposium where the principal speaker will be Dr. Don Hickey. The symposium takes place on Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Click here to find out more.