Yesterday in U.S. Stamp News:
Rutherford B. Hayes and The Electoral Commission
(From U.S. Stamp News, January-February 2001)
by Patricia Davis
It was thought that the experience with George W. Bush and Al Gore, after the general election in November 2000, was unusual. Gore had received the popular vote, but did not ascend to the presidency.
For 36 days, some say 37, the presidential election was in doubt until the U.S. Supreme Court closed off Democrat Party efforts to prevail. George Bush would eventually be inaugurated on January 20, 2001.
However, as postal historians reminded us during the Bush-Gore post-election contest, a search of records of past elections revealed a situation of even greater turmoil. That notable election occurred in 1876,…