Category Archives: 1870s

Hayes publicly sworn in as 19th U.S. President, Wheeler as 19th VP 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 5 1877)

(Monday, March 5, 1877, midday local time) — Former Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio was publicly inaugurated today as the 19th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office. Continue reading Hayes publicly sworn in as 19th U.S. President, Wheeler as 19th VP 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 5 1877)

Hayes secretly sworn-in as 19th U.S. President 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 3 1877)

(Saturday, March 3, 1877, 7:05 p.m. local time) — Because outgoing President Ulysses S. Grant feared an insurrection by supporters of Samuel J. Tilden following the Compromise of 1877 and with the traditional inauguration day of March 4 on a Sunday, President-elect Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th President of the United States tonight in a secret ceremony in the Red Room of the White House.

Grant was still technically President through Sunday, March 4, at noon, and remained in the White House until Hayes was formally inaugurated on Monday, March 5.

Hayes declared winner in disputed 1876 presidential election this hour 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 2 1877)

(Friday, March 2, 1877, 4:10 a.m. local time) — Just three days before his public inauguration, Republican presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election today, defeating the Democrat Samuel J. Tilden in one of the most disputed elections in American history. Continue reading Hayes declared winner in disputed 1876 presidential election this hour 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 2 1877)

278 people killed in Brooklyn Theatre fire 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 5 1876)


Video: 'Brooklyn Theatre fire Top # 7 Facts'

(Tuesday, December 5, 1876, at about 11:17 p.m. local time) — The Brooklyn Theatre Fire broke out tonight near the southeast corner of Washington and Johnson streets in the then-city of Brooklyn, now a borough of New York City, New York, killing at least 278 people, with some accounts reporting more than 300 dead. Continue reading 278 people killed in Brooklyn Theatre fire 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 5 1876)

Tilden narrowly wins presidential popular vote but falls one vote short in Electoral College 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1876)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1876'

(Tuesday, November 7, 1876, during the 1876 presidential campaign) — Democratic Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York won the popular vote today over Republican Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio but failed to win a majority of the Electoral College by one vote in one of the most contentious, controversial and disputed presidential elections in American history. Continue reading Tilden narrowly wins presidential popular vote but falls one vote short in Electoral College 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1876)

Frontiersman ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok shot and killed in Deadwood 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 1 1876)


Video: 'The Real Wild West - Episode 3: Wild Bill (HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)' (Aug. 2, 1876, at 38:50)

(Wednesday, August 2, 1876, mid-afternoon local time) — James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, the 39-year-old legendary gunfighter of the American West, was shot and killed today while playing poker at Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged. Continue reading Frontiersman ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok shot and killed in Deadwood 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 1 1876)

Democrats nominate Thomas A. Hendricks for vice president 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (June 29 1876)

(Thursday, June 29, 1876) — Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana was almost unanimously nominated vice president today on the first ballot at the 1876 Democratic National Convention meeting at the Merchants Exchange Building in St. Louis. Continue reading Democrats nominate Thomas A. Hendricks for vice president 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (June 29 1876)