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Presidential Election of 1884: A Resource Guide

Grover Cleveland defeated James Blaine in the 1884 presidential election. This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a print bibliography related to the election.


Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine in the 1884 presidential election. The campaign was known for its mudslinging and personal attacks. Cleveland narrowly won the election, winning his home state of New York by just over 1,000 votes, which provided the margin of victory in the Electoral College.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1884, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, and newspaper articles. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1884 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1884 election and a selected bibliography.

1884 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party Presidential Nominee VP Nominee Electoral College Popular Vote
Democratic Grover Cleveland Thomas Hendricks 219 4,915,586
Republican James G. Blaine John Logan 182 4,852,916


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