Grant almost ran for a third term before the House derailed that
proposal, so the Republicans nominated Rutherford B. Hayes, dubbed the
“Great Unknown” because no one knew much about him, while
the Democrats ran Samuel Tilden.
The election was very close, with Tilden getting 184 votes out of a
needed 185 in the Electoral College, but votes in four states,
Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and part of Oregon, were unsure and
The disputed states had sent in two sets of returns, one Democrat, one Republican.