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Learning Exercise: The Election of 1876

The Election of 1876
One of the most disputed elections in United States History was the Rutherford B. Hayes versus Samuel Tilden race of 1876. It is generally believed that Tilden should have won instead of Hayes. This assignment will offer greater insight into the Presidential race of 1876.
Course: United States History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
June 17, 2009


Instructions: Click "go to material." Click "Rutherford B. Hayes." Click "the President." Read the following articles: Frequently Asked Questions about the Disputed Election of 1876; Disputed Election of 1876 by Ari Hoogenboom; Rutherford B. Hayes Acceptance Speech, 1876; Samuel Tidlen's Concession Speech, 1876; Inaugural Address of Rutherford B. Hayes. Write a 5-7 page paper to include the following: 1)the political backgrounds of Hayes and Tilden; 2)the election of 1876's major issues; 3) the initial election results; 4) the process to resolve to the election dispute; and 5) was Hayes the legitimate winner of the contest?



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


United States History; Rutherford B. Hayes; Election of 1876.



Learning Objectives

To offer a more complete understanding about the controversial Election of 1876 and the personalities involved.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised


A 5-7 page paper.

Technical Notes