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1876 Tilden Vs. Hayes: A Controversial U.S. Presidential ElectionBy (Students Name)Class NumberInstructorInstitutional Affiliation Date.
1The 1876 Election of Tilden And Hayes.The 1876 presidential election, which was conducted on November 7th, 1876 is a well known election in the political history of the United States of America, this is because of the uncertain outcome which was contrary to the campaign that preceded the election itself. Besides the controversy to its aftermath, there are many more scenarios that characterized the 1876 presidential election. For a start, it was one of the most contentious elections in America's history, and it is believed to be the key facilitator to the end of Reconstruction. The presidential contest was between two well-known political figures, where the Republican was represented by Rutherford B. Hayes and his opponent from the Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. The candidate of thedemocrat, Tilden, had summed up most of the popular votes. By the morning that followed the Election Day, he had one hundred and eighty-four out of one hundred and eighty-five electoral votes required to be a majority winner. Tilden's opponent, Governor Hayes, on the other hand, had at best one hundred and sixty-six electoral votes1. The dispute arose from the nineteen votes from the three ex-confederate states, South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, which were controlled by the republicans.The Democrats complained that all the returning boards of all those three states were corrupt, and they had changed majorities of popular votes of democrat and given them to republicans. With the aim of getting justice, the democratic electors in the mentioned three states had their votes sent to Washington DC for the congress to determine the time that they officially enumerated the country's electoral votes in February 1877. As the Democrats had considered thatthe congress would give out a solution, the situation turned out to be worse. Things didn't changeout for the better since the congress was divided into the house of democrats and republican 1 Thies, Clifford F. "Samuel J. Tilden, Iron Money and the Election of 1876." In Public Choice Analyses of American Economic History, pp. 21-29. Springer, Cham, 2019.
2senate. Each side disagreed profoundly on who individually would count the votes that were registered. This disagreement brought about a constitutional crisis that aroused menaces of armedviolence from the people who were democrats’ supporters. To calm down the situation, Congress had to make a most desperate decision ever in America's history. The congress decided to create an unheard of and unreportable Federal Electoral Commission made up of fifteen Congress members and justices from the Supreme Court. And this decision was indisputable, that is why it was referred to as the Compromise of 1877, which led to the end of reconstruction2. The Federal Electoral Commission that had Republican majority decided to award all of the disputed twenty elections votes to Rutherford B. Hayes. This decision led to one hundred and eighty-five to one