Argus and Patriot Extra, 1876



Argus and Patriot Extra, 1876


Argus and Patriot


Newspaper extra from November 11, 1876 reporting on the ballot counting process for the 1876 presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden. This election was too close to call in several states after the first count and remained undecided through several months of unrest. Hayes was declared the winner by a margin of one electoral vote in March of 1877. The first section of the extra reports the receipt of a telegram from the Boston Post providing an update on vote count in disputed states of Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana, each showing a majority for Tilden. This section references different vote counts reported by Abram Hewitt, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Zachariah Chandler, chairman of the Republican National Committee. This is followed by summaries of subsequent telegraphs providing updates on counting in South Carolina, Oregon, Florida, and North Carolina, all of which claim a Democratic majority. The extra is illustrated with woodcuts of roosters, the symbol of the Democratic party at the time. The third illustration, more cartoonish in style than the others, shows one rooster chasing another out of the frame and is captioned "The ARGUS AND PATRIOT fowl after the Journal bulletin board. How are you, 'Hayes elected, sure'?" referencing the different results reported by newspapers according to their political affiliation. Note: the first section of this extra was also published as a standalone slip and is also in the Vermont Historical Society collection.


Argus and Patriot




Small Bside / Political Elections--1876


1 broadside ; 30 x 15.5 cm





Original Format


Argus and Patriot, “Argus and Patriot Extra, 1876,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed April 14, 2024,