1872 United States presidential election in Virginia

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United States presidential election in Virginia, 1872

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Nominee Ulysses S. Grant Horace Greeley
Party Republican Liberal Republican
Home state Illinois New York
Running mate Henry Wilson Benjamin G. Brown
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 93,463 91,647
Percentage 50.47% 49.49%

President before election

Ulysses S. Grant

Elected President

Ulysses S. Grant

The 1872 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 5, 1872, as part of the 1872 United States presidential election. Voters chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Virginia voted for the Republican candidate, incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant over the Democratic and Liberal Republican candidate, former U.S. Representative Horace Greeley. This was the first presidential election that Virginia participated in after the events of the U.S. Civil War. It was also the first presidential election in which the state voted for a Republican candidate and would not occur again until 1928. The election was still very close in this state and Grant won Virginia by a margin of almost 1%.


United States presidential election in Virginia, 1872[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ulysses S. Grant (inc.) 93,463 50.47% 11
Liberal Republican/Democratic Horace Greeley 91,647 49.49% 0
Bourbon Democrat Charles O'Conor 85 0.05% 0
Totals 185,195 100.0% 11


  1. ^ "1872 Presidential General Election Results – Virginia". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 12 April 2013.