Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield.
Transcription of Annotations
Front and back endpapers include notes on the main characters who played a part in the events leading up to the 1880 election: former president Ulysses S. Grant, Winfield Scott Hancock, the Democratic presidential candidate, James A. Garfield, who after 36 ballots won the Republican nomination in Chicago, Senator Roscoe Conkling of New York, Senator James G. Blaine of Maine, Chester A. Arthur, Garfield's vice-presidential running mate, Tom Platt, who asked Garfield for the promise of patronage if the New York delegation was delivered to him, and Charles Guiteau, President Garfield's assassin. Other notes mention the 'unit rule', which was promoted by Conkling who supported Grant for a third term, and opposed by Garfield who believed that each member of a delegation should be able to vote independently. Delegates supporting Grant were referred to as 'Stalwarts'; those against Grant were called 'Half-breeds'. Also included are notes providing biographical information on James Garfield and his assassin, statistics on the 1880 election which resulted in a tie in the senate which would not occur again until 2001, information on the careers of Blaine, Arthur and Conkling after Garfield's assassination, and the accounts of several anecdotes, e.g. the icy standoff between Grant and Garfield at the Hotel Elberon in New Jersey where they were both vacationing, the affair between Conkling and Kate Sprague, the wife of a former Rhode Island senator, and the public discovery of Tom Platt in bed with another woman. -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book.