The Presidential Election of 1880

By Herbert J. S. J. Clancy | Go to book overview

CHAPTER V
Third Party Movements during the Campaign of 1880

D emocrats and Republicans were not the only ones holding conventions in that June of 1880. Three other parties, the Greenbackers, the Prohibitionists, and the Anti-Masons, assembled to select candidates for the presidency of the United States. On June 9 the Greenbackers convened at Chicago in Exposition Hall, where only the day before Garfield had been chosen as the standard-bearer of the Republican party.

They remained in session from Wednesday morning, June 9, until Friday morning, June 11. It seemed to be a year for generals, and General Butler, at the time a Republican, was most generally thought to be the logical choice of the Greenback party.1 The Republicans had given Butler some financial support in his unsuccessful efforts to achieve the governorship of Massachusetts in November 1879.2 But by May 1880 Butler was evidently planning to align himself with the Democratic

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1
Frederick E. Haynes, James Baird Weaver, pp. 159-60. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1919.
2
Butler MSS, Simon Cameron to Benjamin F. Butler, October 28, 1879. On September 4, 1880 William E. Chandler rebuked Butler for joining the Democratic party. See ibid., W. E. Chandler to Butler, September 4, 1880.

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Table of contents

  • Jesuit Studies i
  • Jesuit Studies iii
  • Jesuit Studies iv
  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Struggle For The Republican Nomination 22
  • Chapter 11 - Democratic Struggles For Nomination 52
  • Chapter III - The Republican National Convention 82
  • Chapter IV - The Democratic National Convention 122
  • Chapter V - Third Party Movements During The Campaign of 1880 157
  • Chapter VI - The Republican Campaign 167
  • Chapter VII - The Democratic Campaign 206
  • Chapter VIII Garfield Wins And Loses 240
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 279
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