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Presidential Election of 1880: A Resource Guide

Our nation's choice--Gen. James Abram Garfield, Republican candidate for President, Gen. Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for Vice-President
Our nation's choice--Gen. James Abram Garfield, Republican candidate for President, Gen. Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for
Vice-President
.
1 print: lithograph, color.
New York: Published by Haasis & Lubrecht, 1880.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-DIG-pga-03269

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1880, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1880 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1880 election and a selected bibliography.

1880 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Republican
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
214
4,453,611
Democratic
Winfield S. Hancock
William English
155
4,445,256

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

Digital Collections

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.

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 1880.

A selection of articles on the 1880 presidential election includes:

Music Division

Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE)

The PAE is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress and provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Search the PAE to find over 60 pieces of sheet music related to 1880 presidential election.

A selection of sheet music from the 1880 presidential election includes:

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 1880 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 1880.

A selection of images from the 1880 presidential election includes:

Today in History

July 2, 1881

On July 2, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded the newly inaugurated U.S. President James A. Garfield in the lobby of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot in Washington, D.C.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1880 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1880 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 1880 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

The Campaign Primer. New York: F. Harrison, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Campaign Text Book: Why the People Want a Change; the Republican Party Reviewed; Its Sins of Commission and Omission; a Summary of Leading Events in Our History Under Republican Administration. New York: National Democratic Committee, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Great Republican Speeches of the Campaign of 1880. Stapleton, N.Y.: Staten Island Publishing Company, 1881. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

James A. Garfield. His Speeches at Home. 1880. Oneonta, N.Y.: C.S. Carpenter, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held in Cincinnati, O., June 22d, 23d, and 24th, 1880. Dayton, Ohio: Printed at the Daily Journal Book and Job Rooms, 1882. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Our Presidential Candidates and Political Compendium. Also Containing Lives of the Candidates for Vice-President--the Proceedings of the Three National Conventions--the Three Platforms and the Three Letters of Acceptance. Life of General J. A. Garfield, by E. B. Kennedy. Life of General J. B. Weaver, by S. D. Dillaye. Life of General W. S. Hancock, by Henry Hill. Political Compendium, by F. C. Bliss. Newark, N.J.: F. C. Bliss, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Republican National Convention, Held at Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, June 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th, 1880. Chicago: The Jno. B. Jeffery Printing and Publishing House, 1881. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Republican Campaign Text Book for 1880. Washington, D.C.: Republican Congressional Committee, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Republican Leaders: Biographical Sketches of James A. Garfield, Republican Candidate for President, and Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for Vice-President. New York: The National Republican Committee, 1880. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Ackerman, Kenneth D. Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003. [Catalog Record]

Clancy, Herbert J. The Presidential Election of 1880. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1958. [Catalog Record]

Notes

1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 139, 229.

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