The Presidential Election of 1880

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

CHAPTER VII
The Democratic Campaign

J ust as Garfield had attempted to conciliate the Stalwarts, Half-Breeds, and Independents in order to insure the success of the national ticket, so Hancock endeavored to find a formula that would weld together the antagonistic forces of Tammany, the supporters of Tilden, and the disappointed adherents of Bayard. He was faced with no easy task in his efforts to mold these diverse elements of the Democratic party into an effective national political unit.

John Hunter, a loyal Bayard supporter, was visibly disturbed when he discovered that William H. Barnum had been re-elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on July 13. Hunter regarded this action as a handing over of Hancock's administration to Tilden. He felt that a dishonorable deal had been made. Why would politicians never learn that honesty was the only policy that would lead to success, he asked, and why did they think finesse and corruption the only road to advancement of their pretended principles? Hunter was sick at heart, for he could see neither the success of the ticket nor the advancement of politics to a higher plane.1

August Belmont, a wealthy and important Democrat, was convinced that Tilden and his associates would have a large

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Bayard MSS, John Hunter to Bayard, July 13, 1880.

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The Presidential Election of 1880
Table of contents

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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