The Election of 1876 The Election (Pg 3)

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The Election of 1876
The Election (Pg 3)
Ψ Hayes was asleep when the dispatches were

sent to the doubtful states.
He composed a letter to his son, Rud, at

Cornell to tell him how the folks at

home were taking the defeat.
His son, Scott Russell was relieved to not

have to move to Washington, which

he viewed as a bad place.
Upon learning the election was in doubt,

Hayes remained skeptical. He was

not sure that, even if the election was “ill-gottened”, that he should

contest it.

As powerful Republicans were being sent to

the contested states, he

Demanded that there should be no taint of dishonesty or their part.
Ψ What happened next would fill volumes of

texts, which I will summarize as


In the 4 state capitals, both Republican and Democratic election returns were submitted.

Since Grant’s Vice President, Henry Wilson,

had died the previous Year, the Pro Tem

of the Senate, Thomas W. Ferry, was in

line for the Presidency if no resolution

was found.

George McCrary, an Iowa Republican,

introduced a bill, calling for a special

committee to decide the election. It

was passed in mid-December.

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