United States elections, 1872

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The 1872 United States general election was held on November 5, electing the members of the 43rd United States Congress. The election took place during the Third Party System. Republicans retained control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress.

In the Presidential election, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant defeated Liberal Republican newspaper editor Horace Greeley.[1] Greeley was also nominated by the Democratic Party.

Following the 1870 census, forty nine seats were added to the House. Republicans made major gains in the House, picking up new seats while also winning seats from the Democrats.[2]

In the Senate, Republicans continued to control a commanding majority, but lost multiple seats to the Democrats and Liberal Republicans.[3]

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  1. ^ "1872 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014.