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1876: When (Rutherford) Hayes Met Samuel (Tilden)

Photo of Justice David Davis, a huge pumpkin of a man in a suit and black robes

If you thought today’s election shenanigans were bad, check out the messy presidential elections of 1876, when one man — Judge David Davis of Illinois (above) — had the chance to decide the election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden

Davis passed up the chance, but even his motives weren’t too pure.

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