Editor says, what if anti-slavery Liberty Party candidate James Birney was thrown from a horse twelve months earlier and had been forced to withdraw from the 1844 election? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in authoring this article we refer to Historum and Alternate History, we also repurposed content from Wikipedia which are summarised as follows ~ Henry Clay lost that election by 65 electoral votes. However, he was only 5000 votes away from winning New York's 36 electoral votes, and therefore the Presidency. James Birney ran as the anti-slavery Liberty Party candidate and got over 15000 votes in New York; it is thought that most of his votes would have gone to Clay if Birney had not been in the race. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.