1875-1876, NY Governor Samuel Tilden


This NY Governor Samuel Tilden history mug is one of a collection of U.S. state office holder biographical mugs.  An image of Samuel Tilden and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Samuel Tilden was born into a wealthy New York family and became a successful corporate lawyer.  In 1874, he won the election for Governor of New York.  Samuel Tilden was noted for his battles against corruption.  He began a crusade against Tammany Hall and launched an investigation into Boss Tweed’s bank records.  Tilden’s reputation for honesty made him a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1875.  His campaign focused on civil service reform, support for the gold standard, and opposition to high taxes.  However, many of his supporters were more concerned with ending Reconstruction in the South.  Samuel Tilden lost the disputed 1876 election to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, but Democrats, because of the Compromise, which gave the election to Hayes, displaced Republican control in the South, ended Reconstruction, and gave rise to white supremacy that was embraced by white men in the Democratic party.

Compromise of 1877 & United States Presidential Election of 1876

The presidential election of 1876 resulted in no clear winner.  Republican Rutherford Hayes was awarded the White House over Democrat Samuel Tilden because of a controversial decision of an Electoral Commission that was controlled by the Republican Party.  Democrats did not object because of a compromise made between Democrats and Republicans.  A provision of the Compromise was that Republicans would remove all U.S. military forces from the former Confederate States.  This ended the post-war era of Reconstruction and was a betrayal of black Republicans, who lost power and were subjected to discrimination and harassment  resulting in the suppression of black voting.  By 1905, nearly all black men were disenfranchised by state legislatures in every Southern state.

Samuel Tilden was the governor of New York prior to his running for election as US president in 1876.  He is one of the individuals who served as a Head of state office-holder.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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