The Election of 1856

The Election of 1856 - The Election of 1856 a General Grant...

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The Election of 1856 a. General Grant i. Because of the arguments between Congress and President Andrew Johnson, people thought that a good general would make a good president ii. General Grant was by far the most popular Northern hero to emerge from the war (he was showered with houses and money) iii. He had been appointed Secretary of War by Andrew Johnson iv. He had no political knowledge and had only voted in one presidential election b. Republican Nomination and Platform i. Nominated Grant ii. Platform: 1. Reconstruction of the South under federal and military guidance iii. Campaigned – “Vote as you shot” – powerful for Union army veterans. “Waved the bloody shirt” – revived memories of the Civil War c. Democratic Nomination and Platform i. Platform: 1. Denounced military Reconstruction 2. Eastern delegates – demanded a that federal war bonds be redeemed in gold (even though some had been bought with worthless paper money) 3. Midwestern delegates – wanted bonds to be redeemed in greenbacks (they hoped to keep more money in circulation and keep interest rates lower) ii. Midwestern delegates got the platform, but not the candidate – New York governor Horatio Seymour d. Election of 1868 Results
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