Think the US Is Divided Today?

Consider the presidential election of 1876

Andrew Katz
Oct 2, 2021 · 7 min read
18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant/Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress

That year, with US Grant having decided not to seek a third term, Democrats anticipated regaining the White House. Their man, elected on the first ballot at convention in St. Louis, was the popular and charismatic governor of New York, Samuel J. Tilden.