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Twenty-fourth American presidential election of 1880

1880 election map

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The 1880 election took place on Tuesday, November 2, 1880.


  • Republican Party
  • Democratic Party
  • Final tickets

  • Republican Party
  • Democratic Party
  • Campaining & major issues

    After the election of 1876 and subsequent Compromise of 1877, President Rutherford Hayes promised to only serve one term. Because of that, a gap in the Republican party had to be filled. There were two factions in the Republican party, the Stalwarts and Half-Breeds. However, James Garfield wasn't a big notable figure, but he was able to get the nomination. As a compromise, Chester Arthur (a Stalwart) was chosen as Vice President. Though it was a huge deal back then, this election today is kind of boring. The two big things were tariffs, which Republicans supported but Democrats disliked. The other notable subject was Chinese immigration, however, everyone supported limiting it. So why was it an issue? Well, a magazine published an article saying James Garfield would keep it the same. This made people not like Garfield, but he instantly refuted it and got the issue cancelled, though it had already been sent to a few thousand people.

    Electoral college & turn-out

    The electoral college stayed the same at 369 electors; 185 needed to win. 9,219,477 people (a high turnout) voted in this election.


  • First place (winner): James Garfield & Chester Arthur
  • Second place: Winfield Scott Hancock & William H. English
  • 3.47% of the voting population voted for other candidates.
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    Currier & Ives, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Currier & Ives, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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