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"Cronin 'Organized Himself'"

Topic:
Electoral College Controversy: Looking for Votes
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
January 13, 1877, p. 36
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In Oregon, the Democrats admitted that Rutherford Hayes, the Republican presidential nominee, had won the popular vote, but they decided to dispute one of the three Republican electors, John Watts, on a technicality. The U.S. Constitution stipulates that no elected or appointed official may serve as a presidential elector. Watts was a local postmaster, an appointive government position. He had, however, resigned his job a week after winning a slot as one of Oregonís electors and before the scheduled meeting of the Electoral College on December 6.
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