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nimself. Driven from his stronghold, Lee, with the remnant of a great army, retreated to Appomattox Court House, where he surrendered to Grant, and the war ended. Grant's conduct in this great triumph was marked by a delicacy that extorted praise from his bitterest enemies on both sides.

On the 21st of May, 1868, Grant was nominated for the. Presidency, and was elected over Horatio Seymour by a large majority. His first term gave such satisfaction that he was re-nominated, June 5th, 1872, and was elected over Horace Greeley. President Grant has been an honest, virtuous Exective officer. His tenacity for his friends, leading to the exclusion of more capable men, has somewbat dimmed the glory of his administration.

In May, 1877, he made an extended tour around the world, and his receptions were perfect ovations. He was a leading candidate for a Third Presidential term in the National Republican Convention of 1880.

SCHUILER COLFAX was born in N. Y. City, Mar. 23, 1823. Removed to Indiana in 1836, and studied law and afterwards edited a newspaper. In 1851 was elected to Congress and six times re-elected. He served three terms as speaker of che House and was elected Vice-Pres. in 1860.

HENRY WILSON was born at Farmington, N. H., Feb. 16, 1812. Apprenticed to a farmer till 21 years of age, then followed shoemaking at Natick, Mass. He was a close student and filled numerous positions of trust and honor in his own State, was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1855, and served that body till elected Vice-Pres. in 1868. Died at Washington Nov. — 1875.

CANDIDATES FOR

PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT,

15TH ADM.

For Pres. From. For Vice-Pres. From Politics. Ulysses S. Grant, Ill., Schuyler Colfax, Ind. Republican. I loratio Seymour, N.Y., Francis P. Blair, Mo. Democrat.

Second Term.

Ulysses S. Grant, Ill., Henry Wilson, Mass. Republican. Horace Greeley, N. Y., B. Gratz Brown, Mo. Liberal.

Popular and Electoral Vote.-15th Administration. Thirty-four States voting, Va., Miss., and Texas had no vote. They had not been re-admitted since the Rebel. lion. Whole number of Electors, 294.

For President.

U. S. Grant, 3,015,887 votes ; Electoral votes, 214, Horatio Seymour, 2,703,249 votes ; Electoral votes, 80.

For Vice-President.

Schuyler Colfax, Electoral votes, 214.
Francis P. Blair,

80. Second Term.— Thirty-seven States voting. Whole num. ber of Electors, 360.

For President.

U. S. Grant, 3,597,070 votes ; Electoral votes, 300.

Horace Greeley, 2,834,079 votes. Would have received 74 Electoral votes. He died before Electoral College mot

For Vice-President.

Hanky Wilson, Electoral votes, 300. s Brown,

66.

Important Events During 15th Adminis

tration, 1869 March 4. U. S. Grant inaugurated Presidents

Nov. 4. Death of George Peabody. 1870 Oct. 12. Death of Gen. Robert E. Lee. 1871 Jan. 26. Congress repeals the income tax.

March 5 Great riot (Chinaman’s) in San Fran

cisco.
July 12. Orange Riot (attacked by Catholics) is

N. Y.
Oct. 7–9. The great Chicago fire.

8. Great forest fires in Wis. and Mich.
“ 26. Wm. M. Tweed and others arrested for

frauds on N. Y. city. 1872 March 26. Great earthquake and loss of life in

Cal.
June 17. The World's Peace Jubilee (Gilmore's)

iu Boston.
Nov. 9-10. The great Boston fire.

Barnum's Museum destroyed by fire in New York. 1873 Jan. 20. U. S. troops defeated by Modoc Indians.

April 11. Gen Canby and Rev. Dr. Thomas mur

dered by Modoc Indians.
Sept. 18. Failure of Jay Cooke & Co., and others

on Wall street, followed by panic of 1873.
Oct. 3. Capt. Jack and other Modoc Indians ex.

ecuted. Nov. 19. W. M. Tweed convicted for defrauding

City of New York. 1874 March 11.

Death of Charles Sumner.
May 16. Mill River (Mass.) Reservoir Disaster.

Fearful loss of life. - Nov. 1. Arrival of Kalakana, King of Hawaiian

Islands.

1875 Jan. 23. East River spanned by an Ice Bridge ; and

pedestrians cross from Brooklyn to New York.
April 19. 100th Anniversary of the Battles of Concord

and Lexington.
June 17. Centennial Celebration of Bunker Hill.

31. Death of Ex-President Andrew Johnson.
Nov. 22. Death of Vice-President Henry Wilson.
Nov. 24. Death of William B. Astor. Aged 84. The

wealthiest man in America ; estimated at $150,000,000. 1876 April 10. Death of A. T. Stewart, the Merchant Prince.

April 15. Dom Pedro, Emperor of Brazil, visits Wash-
ington, New York, and the West.
April 18. President Grant vetoes the bill reducing the
President's salary from $50,000 to $25,000 per annum.
May 10. Grand Opening of the World's Fair Centennial

Exhibition at Philadelphia.
May 17. Republication Convention at Cincinnati nomi-
nates R. B. Hayes of 0. for President, and Wm. A
Wheeler of N. Y. for Vice President.
June 26. Gen. Custer and 311 United States troops
defeated and killed by Sioux Indians, led by Sitting
Bull.
June 28. Democratic Convention, at St. Louis, nomi.
nates S. J. Tilden of N. Y. for President, and T. A.
Hendricks of Ind. for Vice President.
August 1. Colorado admitted as the Centennial State.
August 14. East River spanned by the first wire in the

construction of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge. Dec. Brooklyn Theatre burned ; 300 lives lost.

28. Ashtabula, Ohio, Railroad disaster. P. P. Bliss and wife, and 60 others killed.

CABINET OFFICERS, 15TH ADMINISTRATION—1869–1877.

Secretary of StateHamilton Fish, N. Y.

Secretaries of the Treasury—B. H. Bristow, Ky.; Lot M. Morrell, Vt.

Secretaries of War-Wm. W. Belknap, Iowa; J. D. Cam

eron, Pa.

Secretary of the Navy-Geo. M. Robeson, N. J.

Secretary of the Interior-C. Delano, Ohio; Z. Chandler, Mich.

Attorney-General-Edwd. Pierrepont, N. Y.
Postmasters-General–J. A. Creswell, Md.; Marshall

Jewell, Conn. ; Joseph N. Tyner, Ind.
NATIONAL EXPENSES AND DEBT, 15TH ADMINISTRATION.
Year.
Expenses.

Debt. 1869

$322,865,277.80 $2,588,452,213.94 1870

309,653,560.75 2,480,672,427.81 1871

292,177,188.25 2,353,211,332.32 1872

277,517,962.67 2,253,251,328.78 1873

290,345,245.33 2,202,952,993.20 1874

287,133,873.17 2,192,930,468.43 1875

274,623,392.84 2,173,869,531.95 1876

258,459,797.33 2,146,730,067.15 IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, 15TH ADMINISTRATION. Year Imports.

Exports. 1869 $437,314,255

$343,256,077 1870 462,377,587

450,927,434 1871 341,000,000

541,500,000 1872 640,000,000

523,900,000 1873 693,600,000

542,600,000 1874 595,800,000

653,000,000 1875 553,900,000

605,500,000 1876 476,500,000

599,500,000

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