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November 10, 1884; Marshville NC; 10 ¢


Election of 1884: Cleveland's Close Win

     Grover Cleveland has won the Presidential election, winning the popular vote by only 0.25%, or 23,005 votes. That’s not much when you’re running for a Federal Office. Nonetheless, Cleveland, with the help of an exceptional platform, captured the first Democratic presidency since Andrew Johnson left office in 1869. Cleveland won votes from all the Southern States as expected, but took a few states that voted Republican in the 1880 election, including Connecticut, and the largely populated New York, which he only won by a thousand votes. He was able to win the huge state of New York thanks to Blaine’s supporters slandering catholics and John St. John stealing away a few more Republican votes. Cleveland’s term is a revolutionary mark for Democrats, of that it can be assured.

Cleveland's Rule of Prosperity

    Cleveland was the man for the job and he deserves his seat.  How else is it that he is the first Democrat elected since the Civil War?  His stand on anti-corruption manifested itself when he beat down the abusive Tammany Hall association to help out the middle class workers in the city.  His brave actions also attracted the support of the Mugwumps who disliked Blaine for HIS corrupt dealings in office.  Cleveland shows a bright future for the average worker class-men in America who was willing to do hard work, as well as having merit, and efficiency at their work.  He will unite the parties, or at the very least quell many disagreements.  Many politicians ague that Blaine simply had more enemies than Cleveland, which is true.  Regardless this shows that Cleveland truly is the better candidate by having not only a more likable, but also a better moral personality which will reflect as he leads the nation for the next four years.  Praise for you, Grover Cleveland


     Grover Cleveland and James Blaine are two sides of a coin. Cleveland has been represented as perfect in office and yet immoral in private for the sake of his possible paternity to an illegitimate child. Republican’s invented a chant with the phrase "Ma, Ma, where's my Pa? Blaine on the other had possible corrupted dealings where it was said he engaged in questionable investment schemes when he worked for the government. One letter to a railroad company working in the Midwest ended with the words “Burn this letter” after he had received approximately $110,150! Both sides are focusing on showing a negative portrayal of their opponent without as much spokesmanship on their party platforms. However, Cleveland's win shows that uncovering the dirt behind the man will still clear a win.  

Cartoon of 1884 Election; Cleveland's Win

By Dyson Smith


    Labor unions have been a major conflict within companies and our economy. If the laborers see something that they are not pleased with they have the power to go on strike and harm the companies. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 banned Chinese immigrants from entering the country in the attempted to give Americans jobs. The democrats platform in 1884 was against immigrants so American workers would be able to work more. The unions could have greatly affected the election because workers would have banded together to vote for the person that would keep the immigrants our and keep Americans jobs. This is a reason for Clevelands victory in the 1884 election.

Civil Rights (Women and Immigrants)

     In the past years a vital conflict to the election has been taking place, women's rights. Women’s groups such as Chicago Woman’s Club focused on issues like children and families. Many other organizations directed their attention towards converting immigrant families to Protestantism and middle-class American ideals of family life otherwise known as assimilation. The democratic platform supported assimilation of immigrants which gained support from the groups that assimilated immigrants. These organizations could have greatly affected the election because immigrants that they changed would have the same beliefs and therefore vote for the same person.

Seth Whitley, Dylan Segee, Austin Miller


Works Cited

"History 211: Voting –A History." History 211 Voting A History. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. <>.

"Main Page." Wikimedia Commons. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. <>.  

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