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OfficePresident
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1884 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 04, 1884 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 04, 1884 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1885 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1889 - 12:00pm
Turnout 20.03% Total Population
ContributorPicimpalious
Last ModifiedChronicler November 08, 2008 08:46pm
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James A. Garfield served the second shortest term as President. He was shot by a disappointed office seeker, and he died after only six months in office.

Chester Arthur became the 21st President. Arthur signed a Civil Service bill proposed by George Pendleton of Ohio which set aside one eighth of all federal offices for appointment by merit rather than through party patronage. Arthur was also interested in lowering the tariff.

Throughout the nineteenth century, VPs who succeeded to the Presidency had a difficult time gathering support for re-election. Arthur angered many Republicans when he attempted to make appointments based on qualifications rather than party loyalty. James G. Blaine ran against Arthur and captured the Republican nomination with the support of the northern states.

The Democrats nominated New York Governor Grover Cleveland over the objections of Tammany Hall. Cleveland had been elected Mayor of Buffalo in 1881 as a reformer, and he was then elected Governor of New York the next year. Thomas A. Hendricks was chosen as the VP candidate.

With a close election likely to take place, Blaine committed two important blunders a week before the vote. While attending a meeting in New York City, a speaker declared the Democrats to be the party of “rum, Romanism and rebellion.”

Later that same day Blaine attended a party which the most wealthy residents of the state attended. The Democratic press hounded Blaine throughout the week before the election.

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/02/1880
NameJames Abram Garfield Votes4,446,158 (48.27%)
Term03/04/1881 - 03/04/1885 Margin1,898 (+0.02%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/06/1888
NameGrover Cleveland Votes5,534,488 (48.62%)
Term03/04/1889 - 03/04/1893 Margin90,596 (+0.80%)
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Name Gov. Grover Cleveland Secretary of State James G. Blaine Gov. Benjamin Franklin Butler Gov. John P. St. John Belva Ann Lockwood Others Sen. Samuel C. Pomeroy
PartyDemocratic Republican Greenback Prohibition Equal Rights Independent American
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Uncertified Votes4,874,621 (48.49%) 4,848,936 (48.23%) 175,096 (1.74%) 147,482 (1.47%) 4,149 (0.04%) 3,619 (0.04%) 0 (0.00%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -25,685 (-0.26%) -4,699,525 (-46.74%) -4,727,139 (-47.02%) -4,870,472 (-48.44%) -4,871,002 (-48.45%) -4,874,621 (-48.48%)
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