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Confederate States presidential election, 1873 (Enduring Schism)

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Confederate States presidential election, 1873
1867 ←
→ 1879

  John C. Breckinridge Joseph E. Johnston
Nominee John C. Breckinridge Joseph E. Johnston
Party National League Independent
Home state Kentucky Virginia
Running mate Zebulon B. Vance Raphael Semmes

The Confederate States presidential election of 1873 was the third election held for President of the Confederate States. It was the first contested presidential elections, as in both prior elections the president had been elected unanimously.

The winner of the election was John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky, who ran as a member of the newly formed National League with Zebulon B. Vance of North Carolina as his running mate. His sole opponent was an independent, Joseph E. Johnston of Virginia, who had Raphael Semmes of Alabama as his running mate. Johnston and Semmes were endorsed by the retiring president, James Longstreet, but Longstreet was unpopular and his endorsement worked against them, leading to a large victory for Breckinridge.

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