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Presidential Election of 1872: A Resource Guide

The Republican chart. The nation's choice in war and peace Ulysses S. Grant
The Republican chart. The nation's choice in war and peace
Ulysses S. Grant
New York: Published by H.H. Lloyd & Co., 21 John Street, [1872].
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 1872, 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 1872 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1872 election and a selected bibliography.

1872 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Ulysses S. Grant
Henry Wilson
Horace Greeley
Benjamin G. Brown

* Horace Greeley died on November 29, 1872, a few weeks after the election, but before the Electoral College officially met. His electoral votes were distributed among four individuals: Thomas A. Hendricks (42 votes), Benjamin G. Brown (18 votes), Charles J. Jenkins (2 votes), and David Davis (1 vote).

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

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries.

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 12, 1873, the Electoral College votes for the presidential election of 1872 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.

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

This collection presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. The collection includes the following campaign songs from the 1872 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 1872.

A selection of articles on the 1872 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.

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 1872 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 1872. In addition, try searching by keywords and by names of candidates.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1872 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1872 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform External Link and the Republican Party Platform External Link of 1872.

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 1872 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources: Campaign Literature

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held at Baltimore, July 9, 1872. Boston: Rockwell & Churchill, printers, 1872. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Presidential Election, 1872. Proceedings of the National Union Republican Convention Held at Philadelphia, June 5 and 6, 1872 ... Reported by Francis H. Smith, Official Reporter. Washington, D.C.: Gibson Brothers, Printers, 1872. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 137, 227.

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