The Presidential election of 1876 was close between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes electoral vote was 185 and Tilden's electoral vote was 184. But Tilden had won the popular vote 4,288,546 to Hayes popular vote 4,034,311. Even though Tilden had won with the popular vote, Hayes was still elected as the new president of 1876. Unlike any other election, the two parties had decided to elect him by making a deal called the Compromise of 1877.
The Compromise of 1877 was a deal made by the Republicans and the Democrats. The deal was that the Democrats would agree to give Hayes the victory in the presidential election he had not clearly won. In return, the new president agreed to remove the remaining federal troops from the southern states. He also agreed to support appropriations for rebuilding levees long the Mississippi River, and to give huge subsides to southern railroads.
The compromise opened the way for the Democrats to regain control of southern politics and marked the end of reconstruction. Do to this deal, the election was very controversial. You would think if one of the candidates had won in the majority of the votes then that would be the man most of America wants to lead the country. Making
deals at the end for victory seems too diverse. That is what most people had talked about in the presidential election of 1876.
There have been many years of many presidential elections. The election of 1876 has yet to be the most contentious. No one would think that two separate parties would come to c conclusion through a deal to elect the candidate that obviously lost the run as the president. Politics today would not