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1888 Presidential Election (A Soldier's Honor)

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United States presidential election, 1884
November 6, 1880
154px-JamesGBlaine 478px-Thomas F Bayard, Brady-Handy photo portrait, circa 1870-1880
Nominee John Sherman Thomas F. Bayard
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Ohio Delaware
Running mate Levi P. Morton Samuel J. Randall
Electoral vote 286 198
States carried 25 13
Popular vote 5,396,717 4,331,444
Percentage 53.7% 43.2%
Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Bayard/Randall, Red denotes those won by Blaine/Sherman. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.
President before election
Winfield Scott
Elected President
James G. Blaine

The United States Presidential Election of 1888 was held on November 6, 1888. The Republicans were hoping that, with the withdrawal of President Hancock from seeking a third term, they might have a chance at securing the White House from the Democratic Party. At the same time, there was serious infighting within the Democratic Party, which had fractured between supporters of President Hancock and those of Governor Grover Cleveland. The Republican candidate James G. Blaine would win the election in one of the closest results recorded so far, both electorally and through the popular vote.


Republican Party nomination

Republican candidates:

  • John Sherman, U.S. senator from Ohio
  • James G. Blaine, former U.S. Senator from Maine
  • Benjamin Harrison, former U.S. senator from Indiana
  • Russell A. Alger, former governor of Michigan
  • Walter Q. Gresham, former U.S. Treasury Secretary from Indiana
  • William B. Allison, U.S. senator from Iowa
  • Chauncey Depew, president of the New York Central Railroad from New York

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