Info and Lyric
Samuel Tilden's Lament
Music and Lyric by David W. Jacobsen
Rutherford Hayes is on my mind
Down in Washington they made the deal
This is the only song on Potus that isn't a first person narrative by a president, and the only one to use the president's name. Instead, it's from the perspective of the person who actually won the election. The election of 1876 was flat-out stolen. The electoral vote was contested under sketchy circumstances and ultimately, as would happen 124 years later, a small group of people in Washington D.C. decided who would get Florida's electoral votes. They very likely should have gone to Samuel Tilden, but a backroom deal to withdraw northern troops from the South, allowed for them along with a few other states, to go to Rutherford B. Hayes. Samuel Tilden is the only person to win an outright majority of the popular vote, while allegedly losing the Electoral College. H. Clinton, Gore, and Cleveland (1888) only won pluralities.