The Election of 1888


In 1888, James G. Blaine, the Republican party\'s most prominent figure,
declined to seek the presidential nomination. The national convention then
nominated Harrison as the soldier-citizen who combined fitness with availability.
The call came on the 8th BALLOT. Levi P. Morton, a New York City banker,
received the vice-presidential nomination. Cleveland was renominated by the
Democrats.

Harrison conducted a unique and unexpected front-porch campaign, delivering
more than 80 extemporaneous speeches to nearly 300,000 people who visited him at
Indianapolis. He made "high tariff" the chief issue, while Cleveland called for
lower tariffs and even free trade. On election day, Harrison trailed Cleveland
by more than 90,000 popular votes, but he carried Indiana, New York, and several
"doubtful states" and won the presidency by an ELECTORAL vote of 233 to 168.

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