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The Disputed Election of 1876 Introduction In American history the presidential election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden of New York was one of the hot and unfriendly campaigns. The popular votes in the Electoral College were won by Samuel Tilden. Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina the three Republican-controlled states 19 votes remained disputed; Oregon's tally was also disputed. The congress composed of fifteen congressmen and high court justices were forced to determine the winner due to the claims of general voter fraud. Only two days before the inauguration that was early march 1877 the authority had resolved all the disputed electoral votes finally announcing their decision. The vote was 8-7 along party lines to award the challenged Electoral College votes to Rutherford B. Hayes, making him the champion. The candidates Soon after the Civil War ended in 1865, the democrats held a control on the presidency , with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant winning easily in both 1868 and 1872 . But Ulysses’ government and the democrats usually had been surrounded by outrages and claims of corruption, such as the Whiskey Ring and the Credit Mobiliser Scandal 1 . From the outset the election was expected to be competitive since the Democrats moved into 1876 on an upswing, having acquired control of the House of legislatures in 1874.In mid-June the democrats held their conference in Cincinnati, Ohio and their front candidate was James G. Blaine of Maine the government speaker. Democrats campaigners though wanted to prevent his nomination, Blaine won the first nomination election but without enough votes to guarantee the nomination. Blaine’s contenders were Roscoe Conkling, a senator from new york and an important democrat leader in the position during domestic war period; a senator from Indiana, Oliver H.P.T.Morton ;Benjamin helm Bristow the former states governor, the U.S secretary of treasury 1 Rehnquist, William H. Centennial crisis: The disputed election of 1876 . Vintage, 2007.
1874-1876 and an effective prosecutor of Whiskey Ring; and finally Rutherford Hayes the Ohio governor. In favor of Hayes eventually Bristow, Conkling, and Morton withdrew from the elections 2 . Hayes won the nominations on the seventh ballot and they selected his running mate William A. Wheeler a senator from New York. Hayes’s clear civil record and his good

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