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Presidential Election of 1888: A Resource Guide

Benjamin Harrison defeated incumbent Grover Cleveland in the 1888 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.


Republican Benjamin Harrison defeated Democrat incumbent Grover Cleveland in the 1888 presidential election. Although Harrison won the Electoral College vote by a wide margin, he lost the popular vote.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1888, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, and newspaper articles. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1888 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1888 election and a selected bibliography.

1888 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party Presidential Nominee VP Nominee Electoral College Popular Vote
Republican Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton 233 5,449,825
Democratic Grover Cleveland Allen G. Thurman 168 5,539,118


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 141, 231.