The election of 1876.In 1876, the Republicans looked for a presidential candidate untouched by the scandals of the Grant administration and chose Ohio governor Rutherford B. Hayes, a man with a well-deserved reputation for honesty. Samuel J. Tilden, the crusading governor of New York, who had taken on the Tweed Ring and the political bosses in his state, was the Democratic nominee. There was little difference between the two men. Both supported hard money, both promised reforms in the way government did business, and both were considered moderates on Reconstruction. The election turned out to be the most controversial in American history. Although earning three hundred thousand more popular votes than Hayes, Tilden won just 184 electoral votes, one short of the majority needed for election. Twenty electoral votes from Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, and South Carolina were in dispute, as both sides traded charges of ballot fraud.
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Samuel J. Tilden, Rutherford B. Hayes, electoral votes, Justice David Davis