1876 Election Results Hayes vs tilden

Rutherford Hayes was nominated on the seventh ballot at a hotly contested Republican convention in 1876. The Republican platform called for the continued control of the South, civil service reform, and investigation of the effects of Oriental immigrations. The Democrats called for the end of reconstruction in the South, restriction of Oriental immigration and an end to land grants for railroads.

The two candidates were both experienced if dull. Hayes had been a General during the Civil War, had a law degree from the Harvard Law School and was governor of Ohio. The Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, had been a district attorney fighting corruption in New York, where he became governor. The campaign revolved around the issue of corruption. The Democrats accused Hayes of the crimes of the Grant administration. At the same time the Republicans continued to call the Democrats the party of treason. In the final days of the campaign Tilden was regarded as the favorite, and even Hayes believed that he had lost.

Tilden won more votes then Hayes but returns in three states, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana were disputed. Tilden was one state short of victory. Congress appointed a congressional committee to investigate. The committee decided to award all the disputed votes to Hayes. Hayes, in return, however, promised to end reconstruction. Hayes became the next President.

 

Particpation of Eligible Voters:81.8%

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State results in 1872

Electoral Results in 1876

Alabama Rutherford Hayes 68,708 40.0 Samuel Tilden 102,989 60.0 Peter Cooper
Arkansas Rutherford Hayes 38,649 39.9 Samuel Tilden 58,086 59.9 Peter Cooper 211 0.2
California Rutherford Hayes 79,258 50.9 Samuel Tilden 76,460 49.1 Peter Cooper 47
Connecticut Rutherford Hayes 59,033 48.3 Samuel Tilden 61,927 50.7 Peter Cooper 774 0.6
Delaware Rutherford Hayes 10,752 44.6 Samuel Tilden 13,381 55.4 Peter Cooper -
Florida Rutherford Hayes 23,849 51.0 Samuel Tilden 22,927 49.0 Peter Cooper
Georgia Rutherford Hayes 50,533 28.0 Samuel Tilden 130,157 72.0 Peter Cooper -
Illinois Rutherford Hayes 278,232 50.2 Samuel Tilden 258,611 46.6 Peter Cooper 17,207 3.1
Indiana Rutherford Hayes 208,011 48.3 Samuel Tilden 213,529 49.5 Peter Cooper 9,533 2.2
Iowa Rutherford Hayes 171,326 58.4 Samuel Tilden 112,121 38.2 Peter Cooper 9,431 3.2
Kansas Rutherford Hayes 78,324 63.1 Samuel Tilden 37,902 30.5 Peter Cooper 7,770 6.3
Kentucky Rutherford Hayes 97,568 37.4 Samuel Tilden 160,060 61.4 Peter Cooper -
Louisiana Rutherford Hayes 75,315 51.6 Samuel Tilden 70,508 48.4 Peter Cooper -
Maine Rutherford Hayes 66,300 56.6 Samuel Tilden 49,917 42.6 Peter Cooper -
Maryland Rutherford Hayes 71,980 44.0 Samuel Tilden 91,779 56.0 Peter Cooper -
Massachusetts Rutherford Hayes 150,063 57.8 Samuel Tilden 108,777 41.9 Peter Cooper -
Michigan Rutherford Hayes 166,901 52.4 Samuel Tilden 141,665 44.5 Peter Cooper 9,023 2.8
Minnesota Rutherford Hayes 72,962 58.8 Samuel Tilden 48,799 39.3 Peter Cooper 2,399 1.9
Mississippi Rutherford Hayes 52,603 31.9 Samuel Tilden 112,173 68.1 Peter Cooper -
Missouri Rutherford Hayes 145,027 41.4 Samuel Tilden 202,086 57.6 Peter Cooper 3,497 1.0
Nebraska Rutherford Hayes 31,915 64.8 Samuel Tilden 17,343 35.2 Peter Cooper -
Nevada Rutherford Hayes 10,383 52.7 Samuel Tilden 9,308 47.3 Peter Cooper
New Hampshire Rutherford Hayes 41,540 51.8 Samuel Tilden 38,510 48.1 Peter Cooper -
New Jersey Rutherford Hayes 103,517 47.0 Samuel Tilden 115,962 52.7 Peter Cooper 714 0.3
New York Rutherford Hayes 489,207 48.2 Samuel Tilden 521,949 51.4 Peter Cooper 1,978 0.2
North Carolina Rutherford Hayes 108,484 46.4 Samuel Tilden 125,427 53.6 Peter Cooper -
Ohio Rutherford Hayes 330,698 50.2 Samuel Tilden 323,182 49.1 Peter Cooper 3,058 0.5
Oregon Rutherford Hayes 15,207 50.9 Samuel Tilden 14,157 47.4 Peter Cooper 509 1.7
Pennsylvania Rutherford Hayes 384,157 50.6 Samuel Tilden 366,204 48.2 Peter Cooper 7,209 0.9
Rhode Island Rutherford Hayes 15,787 59.6 Samuel Tilden 10,712 40.4 Peter Cooper -
South Carolina Rutherford Hayes 91,786 50.2 Samuel Tilden 90,097 49.8 Peter Cooper -
Tennessee Rutherford Hayes 89,566 40.2 Samuel Tilden 133,077 59.8 Peter Cooper -
Texas Rutherford Hayes 45,013 29.7 Samuel Tilden 106,372 70.2 Peter Cooper -
Vermont Rutherford Hayes 44,092 68.4 Samuel Tilden 20,254 31.4 Peter Cooper -
Virginia Rutherford Hayes 95,518 40.4 Samuel Tilden 140,770 59.6 Peter Cooper -
West Virginia Rutherford Hayes 41,997 42.1 Samuel Tilden 56,546 56.7 Peter Cooper 1,104 1.1
Wisconsin Rutherford Hayes 130,050 50.6 Samuel Tilden -123,922 48.2 Peter Cooper 1,509 0.6