The Hayes-Tilden Standoff, 1876 - The Hayes-Tilden Standoff...

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The Hayes-Tilden Standoff, 1876Congress passed a resolution that limited the presidency to two terms, after Grant started to consider running for a 3rdterm.The Republicans chose Rutherford B. Hayesas their presidential candidate for the election of 1876. The Democrats chose Samuel J. Tilden.In the election, Tilden won the popular vote, but he was 1 vote shy from winning in the Electoral College (184 of 185). 20 electoral votes were in dispute in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida. Each state had sent two ballot counts to Congress. One ballot count said that the Republicans had won, while the other count said that the Democrats had won.Controversy arose over which candidate should be awarded the disputed electoral votes.The Compromise of 1877 and the End of ReconstructionThe Compromise of 1877was passed by Congress in 1877. Contained within the compromise was the Electoral Count Act, which set up an electoral commission consisting of 15 men from the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court. The commission ultimately gave the election to Hayes (Republican).

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