Wiki Wormhole: 1876 saw an election even more crazed and contentious than 2016

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or scrambling to update the list of celebrity deaths faster than 2016 can kill them off. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,294,057-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: United States presidential election, 1876

What it’s about: In 1876, a nation reeling from the recent Civil War must surely have hoped that the nation’s centennial would be a time to put ugly division behind it and stand tall as a proud democracy. Those hopes were short-lived, as the contest between Samuel Tilden and Wiki Wormhole favorite Rutherford B. Hayes turned into what presidential historians of the day termed “an absolute shitshow.”

Strangest fact: Still holding out hope that the Electoral College pulls out one last shocking twist and …

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