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Presidential Election of 1868: A Resource Guide

Ulysses S. Grant defeated Horatio Seymour in the 1868 presidential election. This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a print bibliography.


Republican Ulysses S. Grant defeated Democrat Horatio Seymour in the presidential election of 1868. Grant, a former general and war hero, easily won the Electoral College vote, although the popular vote was much closer. It was the first presidential election after the Civil War.

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 website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1868 election and a selected bibliography.

1868 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party Presidential Nominee VP Nominee Electoral College Popular Vote
Republican Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax 214 3,013,650
Democratic Horatio Seymour Francis P. Blair, Jr. 80 2,708,744


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