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himself. 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 somewhat 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.
SCHUYLER 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 the 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.
PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT,
From. For Vice-Pres. From. Politics. Ulysses S. Grant, Ill., Schuyler Colfax, Ind. Republican. Horatio Seymour, N. Y., Francis P. Blair, Mo. Democrat.
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 Rebellion. Whole number of Electors, 294.
U. S. Grant, 3,015,887 votes ;
Electoral votes, 214.
Horatio Seymour, 2,703,249 votes; Electoral votes, 80.
Second Term.-Thirty-seven States voting. Whole number of Electors, 360.
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 met.
Important Events During 15th Adminis
1869 March 4. U. S. Grant inaugurated President. Death of George Peabody.
1870 Oct. 12.
1871 Jan. 26. March 5
Death of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Congress repeals the income tax.
Great riot (Chinaman's) in San Fran
July 12. Orange Riot (attacked by Catholics) in
Oct. 7-9. The great Chicago fire.
66 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) in 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-
Nov. 19. W. M. Tweed convicted for defrauding
1874 March 11. Death of Charles Sumner.
May 16. Mill River (Mass.) Reservoir Disaster.
Nov. 1. Arrival of Kalakana, King of Hawaiian
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.
Centennial Celebration of Bunker Hill.
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 Washington, New York, and the West.
April 18. President Grant vetoes the bill reducing the
May 17. Republication Convention at Cincinnati nomi-
June 26. Gen. Custer and 311 United States troops defeated and killed by Sioux Indians, led by Sitting Bull.
Democratic Convention, at St. Louis, nominates S. J. Tilden of N. Y. for President, and T. A. Hendricks of Ind. for Vice President.
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.
Ashtabula, Ohio, Railroad disaster. P. P. Bliss and wife, and 60 others killed.
CABINET OFFICERS, 15TH ADMINISTRATION-1869-1877. Secretary of State-Hamilton Fish, N. Y.
Secretaries of the Treasury—B. H. Bristow, Ky.; Lot M. Morrell, Vt.
Secretaries of War-Wm. W. Belknap, Iowa; J. D. Cameron, 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.