picture of the day: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876

The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876

In 1876, Democrat Samuel Tilden ran for president against Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. On election night, it was clear that Tilden had won the popular vote, but it was also clear that votes in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oregon were fraudulent because of voter intimidation. Republicans knew that if the electoral votes from these four states were thrown out, Hayes would win. The country hovered near civil war as both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory. Illustrator Thomas Nast drew this cartoon, Tilden or Blood, showing the Democrats threatening violence. On January 29, 1877, a highly partisan Electoral Commission, made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats, was established by Congress to settle the issue. Under the terms of the Tilden-Hayes Election Compromise, Hayes became president and the Republicans agreed to remove the last Federal troops from Southern territory, ending Reconstruction.

Image: Harper’s Weekly

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2 responses to “picture of the day: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876

  1. Oregon might have gone republican but no way two southern states would not be democrat. It shows how important the electoral college is. If you do well enough in the several biggest cities in just 10 states you have just enough electoral college votes to win. These cities are overwhelmingly minority and traditionally 95% democrat. That’s why Hillary Clinton could win. Republicans need to carry just one of those particular 10 states and they win.


    • The Clintons had already 8 years in the wh, and so many more in the administrations…Can they by the only politically corrects for presidency? Sounds more succession to throne than republic…but that only prove the incongruence of reality and political reality!


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