Lori J. Parker, Esq. has been an attorney for more than 20 years, during which time she has litigated cases, published numerous articles, and served as a professor of law. She was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, and she recently received a Masters of Law (LLM) degree in Elder Law.

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By John Sproul

In the 1872 US presidential election, candidate Horace Greeley died between Election Day and the meeting of the Electors. Who finally became president? (Hint: Susan B. Anthony voted illegally in this election.)

A. Andrew Johnson

B. Rutherford B. Hayes

C. Ulysses S. Grant

D. James A. Garfield

The correct answer is C.

Three Electors loyally tried to vote for Greeley but Congress refused to count votes for the dead man. Two interesting historical footnotes in this election: Greeley had earlier in his career popularized the famous advice 'Go west, young man' (first stated by John B.L. Soule in an 1851 editorial). Susan B. Anthony was arrested in Rochester, NY in 1872 for casting an illegal vote in this election. She was arrested and fined $100, which she refused to pay. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the legal right to vote was not ratified until 1920, 14 years after her death.