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    A FASCINATING COLLECTION OF ITEMS FROM THE BITTER DISPUTED 1876 ELECTION. The American people would not learn until March 1, 1877, who would be their next president! Tilden won the popular vote and led in electoral votes, but neither had the required majority, as the votes of three southern states were in dispute, with two different sets of electors claiming legitimacy. The Constitution stipulates that the vote should be counted in the presence of and certified by both Houses of Congress. But the Democratic controlled House and Republican controlled Senate could not agree on a procedure. As a compromise an independent Election Commission was formed. According to historians, the issue was resolved when the Republicans agreed to withdraw Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction, in return for allowing Hayes to claim the Presidency. Always avidly collected, 1876 election items have been of special interest after the debacle of the 2000 presidential election. The present lot consists of: 1) Choice Carte-de-visite photos of Tilden and Hayes (the Tilden is an Honest Long Cut Tobacco issue). 2) Autograph cards from 4 members of the Election Commission: Frelinghuysen, Bayard, Hoar, and Edmunds. 3) A large 20 x 14" print from the February 22,1877, New York Graphic (like a Harper’s print), titled "A Night Session of the Electoral Commission." Ex-MT condition. 4) A scarce ticket to the House Gallery for the final March 1, 1877, counting of the votes. Excellent condition. A pair of scarce clothbound campaign biographies of Hayes and Tilden used to promote the candidates 48 in the election (not pictured). Both in Excellent shape. The Hayes has a nice gilt portrait on the cover and both have elegant full-page engravings of the candidates in the front.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2003
    9th Tuesday
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