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Presidential Election of 1876: A Resource Guide

National Republican chart 1876
National Republican Chart 1876.
1 print: lithograph, color.
New York: Published by H.H. Lloyd & Co., 170 Fulton Street , c1876.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-DIG-pga-03113

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the disputed presidential election of 1876, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1876 and the Electoral Commission of 1877 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1876 election and a selected bibliography.

1876 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Republican
Rutherford B. Hayes
William A. Wheeler
185
4,033,497
Democratic
Samuel J. Tilden
Thomas A. Hendricks
184
4,288,191

 

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

For most of the nineteenth century, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six-by-eight inches, with lyrics but no music.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875. The collection also contains the full text of "The Proceedings of the Electoral Commission of 1877," which was published in the Congressional Record.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885

This collection consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1876.

A selection of articles on the 1876 presidential election includes:

Exhibitions

Voices, Votes, Victory: Presidential Campaign Songs

This exhibition presents a sampling of the rich collection of campaign songs housed in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. From pocket-sized songsters to sheet music, the wide variety of subjects reflect virtually every party platform and national issue on which presidential elections have focused.

Prints & Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1876 presidential election.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1876.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1876 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1864 presidential election.

HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912 External Link

This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1876 presidential election.

Hayes vs. Tilden: The Electoral College Controversy of 1876-1877 External Link

This HarpWeek Web site examines the Electoral College controversy of 1876-77. It features an overview of the political situation, a timeline of events, political cartoons, and biographies.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center External Link

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center includes the home, library, museum, tomb, and 25-acre park-like estate (called Spiegel Grove) of Rutherford B. Hayes. This site contains frequently asked questions about the disputed election of 1876, an essay on the election by Ari Hoogenboom, a copy of Samuel Tilden's concession speech, and a selection of images from the election. It also provides access to the full-text of The Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States, External Link which includes entries related to the election of 1876 in volume III.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

The Campaign Text Book. New York: National Democratic Committee, 1876. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Electoral Count of 1877. Proceedings of the Electoral Commission and of the Two Houses of Congress in Joint Meeting Relative to the Count of Electoral Votes Cast December 6, 1876, for the Presidential Term Commencing March 4, 1877. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1877. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held in St. Louis, Mo., June 27th, 28th and 29th, 1876. With an Appendix Containing the Letters of Acceptance of Gov. Tilden and Gov. Hendricks. Reported for the Convention. St. Louis: Woodward, Tiernan & Hale, 1876. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Electoral Commission Appointed Under the Act of Congress Approved January 29, 1877, Entitled "An Act to Provide For and Regulate the Counting of Votes for President and Vice-President, and the Decisions of Questions Arising Thereon, for the Term Commencing March 4, 1877. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1877. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Republican National Convention Held at Cincinniati, Ohio, June 14, 15, and 16, 1876 / Officially Reported by M. A. Clancy, Assisted by Wm. Nelson. Concord, N.H.: Republican Press Association, 1876. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Haworth, Paul Leland. The Hayes-Tilden Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. Cleveland: The Burrows Brothers Co., 1906.
LC Call Number: JK526 1876 H4 [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Holt, Michael F. By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008.
LC Call Number: E680 .H75 2008 [Catalog Record]

Morris, Roy. Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
LC Call Number: E680 .M85 2003 [Catalog Record]

Polakoff, Keith Ian. The Politics of Inertia: The Election of 1876 and the End of Reconstruction. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973.
LC Call Number: E680 .P73 [Catalog Record]

Rehnquist, William H. Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
LC Call Number: E680 .R44 2004 [Catalog Record]

Robinson, Lloyd. The Stolen Election: Hayes Versus Tilden, 1876. 1968; rpt. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2001.
LC Call Number: E680 .R64 2001 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. The Election of 1876 and the Administration of Rutherford B. Hayes. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003.
LC Call Number: E680 .E43 2003 [Catalog Record]

Vaughan, Harold Cecil. The Hayes-Tilden Election of 1876: A Disputed Presidential Election in the Gilded Age. New York: Watts, 1972.
LC Call Number: E680 .V3 [Catalog Record]

Notes

1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 138, 228.

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