1872 Presidential Election Interactive Map

177 electoral votes to win

Change history with the 1872 presidential election interactive map.

Update a state winner by clicking it to rotate through candidates. Alternately, select a candidate color in the Map Color Palette, then select states to apply. Use the edit button in the Palette to update candidate information.

Split electoral vote states - if any - are not interactive. Use the table below the map to make changes.

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Split Electoral Votes

States shown here did not allocate all their available electoral votes to one candidate. The historical split can be edited in this table. You can also use the drop down menu to split other states.

'Other' electoral votes can only be reallocated or removed.

Removing the split () will set the state to undecided and make it interactive on the map.

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1872 Actual Election Results

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Ulysses S. Grant (I) Republican 286 3,597,132
Thomas A. Hendricks Democratic 42 ***
B. Gratz Brown Democratic 18 ***
Charles J. Jenkins Democratic 2 ***
David Davis Democratic 1 ***
Horace Greeley Democratic 0 2,834,125
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1872 Election Facts

  • The entire electoral vote of Louisiana (8) and Arkansas (6) was rejected by Congress due to issues related to Reconstruction. Both states had voted for Grant.
  • *** Democratic nominee Horace Greeley died after the election, but before vote of Electors; most of whom chose other Democrats. The map displays all those electoral votes as if won by a single Democrat.
  • Three electoral votes from Georgia that were cast for the deceased Greeley were rejected by Congress.
  • Issues of the Day: Corruption in Federal Government