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Presidential Election of 1868: A Resource Guide

National Union Republican candidates
National Union Republican candidates / lith. of Kellogg & Bulkeley, Hartford, Conn.
1 print on wove paper: lithograph.
Hartford, Conn.: Kellogg & Bulkeley, 1868.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1868, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1868 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1868 election and a selected bibliography.

1868 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Ulysses S. Grant
Schuyler Colfax
Horatio Seymour
Francis P. Blair, Jr.

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

For most of the nineteenth century, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six-by-eight inches, with lyrics but no music.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875.

  • On February 10, 1869, the Electoral College votes for the presidential election of 1868 were counted by a joint session of Congress and reported in the Congressional Globe, as well as in the Senate Journal and the House Journal.

Civil War Sheet Music Collection

The Civil War Sheet Music Collection at the Library of Congress consists of over 2,500 pieces culled from the Library's collections, including twelve pieces of sheet music from the 1868 presidential election.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1789-1924. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1868.

A selection of articles on the 1868 presidential election includes:


Voices, Votes, Victory: Presidential Campaign Songs

This exhibition presents a sampling of the rich collection of campaign songs housed in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. From pocket-sized songsters to sheet music, the wide variety of subjects reflect virtually every party platform and national issue on which presidential elections have focused.

Prints & Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1868 presidential election.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1868. In addition, try searching by keywords and by names of candidates.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1868 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1868 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform External Link and the Republican Party Platform External Link of 1868.

HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912 External Link

This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1868 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources: Campaign Literature

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held at New York, July 4-9, 1868 / Reported by George Wakeman, Official Reporter of the Convention. Boston: Rockwell & Rollins, printers, 1868. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Presidential Election, 1868: Proceedings of the National Union Republican Convention, Held at Chicago, May 20 and 21, 1868 / Reported by Ely, Burnham & Bartlett, Chicago, Official Reporters of the Convention. Chicago: Evening Journal Print, 1868. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 136, 226.

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