Monday, November 5, 2012

Fact of the Day: Never Saw the Results

In 1872, Horace Greely ran against President Ulysses S. Grant as a Liberal Republican as he was fed up with the corruption in his cabinet. To everyone's surprise  the Democratic party (which Greely had mocked for countless years) nominated him as well in hope to defeat Grant. Shortly after the election his wife died, and Greely went mad leading to his own death. He ended up dying before the votes were counted, and if he lived then he would lost in a landslide regardless. 

15 comments:

A Lady's Life said...

Oh My! Now that's a story if I ever heard one.
How awful for him.

The Offender said...

It is nice to know that his living wouldn't of mattered in the least.

Bob Bushell said...

Awe.

Diana Marks said...

what a tragic story..

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Jessica said...

very interesting indeed!

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M7md Ghazi said...

nice story ..
thank you

Akelamalu said...

What a tragic tale.

DEZMOND said...

oh, poor Horace :(

A Beer for the Shower said...

Another fun fact: the ghetto town that smells like sewage a few miles away from us is actually named after him (Greeley, Colorado).

Amanda said...

What an interesting fact. Not something I knew about Grant's opponent. But then again, that's why you don't usually hear or remember anything about the guy who loses.

Christine said...

just as well then!

Josephine said...

Fun fact, indeed. I was just wondering today what the protocol was in the event one president didn't survive to the inauguration. This doesn't really address that as it wasn't relevant, but I'd be interested to see an instance where it did, or just if there was any law on the books for such a continuum. Politics are an interesting thing, to say the least.

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Teddi said...

isn't liberal republican an oxymoron?

Adam said...

you have to remember, back then the Republicans were on the left and the Democrats were on the right. Big political shifts over a century created an almost full-reversal.

Adam said...

I'm not a 100% sure, but I think the running mate would nab the office.