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Presidential Election of 1884: A Resource Guide

Our country's choice--Democratic nominees
Our country's choice--Democratic nominees.
1 print: lithograph, color.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1884, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1884 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1884 election and a selected bibliography.

1884 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Grover Cleveland
Thomas Hendricks
James G. Blaine
John Logan


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

Digital Collections

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.

A selection of sheet music from the 1884 presidential election includes:

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.

James G. Blaine (Republican candidate)

Grover Cleveland (Democratic candidate)

John St. John (Prohibition candidate)

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 1884.

A selection of articles on the 1884 presidential election includes:


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 1884 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 1884.

Today in History

November 4, 1884

On November 4, 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine ending a particularly acrimonious campaign. The outcome of the presidential race was determined by the electoral vote of New York, which Cleveland won with a plurality of just 1,047 votes.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1884 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1884 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform External Link and the Republican Party Platform External Link of 1884.

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 1884 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

Blaineism. A Short Catechism for Honest Voters. New York: H. A. Rost, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

An Exchange of Views on Cleveland and Blaine. New York: H. A. Rost, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

How Shall I Vote? Candidates and Parties Face to Face; A Startling Contrast of Lives and Records, by a Citizen ... New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Political Reformation of 1884. A Democratic Campaign Book. By Authority of the National Democratic Committee. New York, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Portraits of Republican and Democratic Candidates with the Nominating Speeches, and Sketches of the Lives of the Candidates. Chicago: Vandercook & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Eighth Republican National Convention Held at Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1884. Chicago: Printed by Order of the Republican National Committee, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Blaine, James Gillespie. The Words of James G. Blaine on the Issues of the Day. Boston: D. L. Guernsey, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Boyd, Thomas B. The Blaine and Logan Campaign of 1884. Chicago: J. L. Regen & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Cooper, Thomas V. Campaign of ’84. Biographies of James G. Blaine, the Republican Candidate for President, and John A. Logan, the Republican Candidate for Vice-President... New York: Baird & Dillon, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Williams, C. R. Lives of Blaine and Logan. Philadelphia: E. T. Haines & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Summers, Mark W. Rum, Romanism & Rebellion: The Making of a President, 1884. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 140, 230.


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