The Presidential Election of 1880

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

CHAPTER VIII Garfield Wins and Loses

At three o'clock on the morning of November 3, 1880 James Abram Garfield knew he had been elected president of the United States. As he heard the news of victory, perhaps he recalled that several years before he had written in his diary: "The Presidency is the one office in the nation that for peace of mind no one should set his heart on."1 At any rate, he little realized that he had written more truly than he could know. From the day on which he recorded in his journal, "The news of 3 A. M. is fully justified by the morning papers.... We have at least 212 electoral votes, a small majority in the House and the Senate nearly or quite a tie," until the moment when he was felled by an assassin's bullets, the reader cannot but observe in his personal notes a distinct tone of sadness.2 On New Year's Eve, just two months before leaving his farm for the White House, America's twentieth president wrote in his diary: "I close the year with a sad conviction that I am bidding good-bye to private life and to a long series of happy years which I fear terminate in 1880."3

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1
Stoddard, Presidential Sweepstakes, p. 84.
2
Garfield MSS, Diary, November 3, 1880.
3
Ibid., December 31, 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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