History and Government Faculty Publications

Title

George Hunt Pendleton, The Ohio Idea and Political Continuity in Reconstruction America

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 1999

Journal Title

Ohio History

Volume

108

First Page

125

Last Page

144

Abstract

Assesses Ohio congressman George Hunt Pendleton's impact on national Democratic politics during Reconstruction. An opponent of the Republican-backed National Bank System, Pendleton campaigned for the 1868 Democratic presidential nomination that eventually went to New York governor Horatio Seymour. Pendleton had attempted to set a more moderate and unified course for the Democratic Party, both in Ohio and nationally, by trying to reach consensus on national issues, but intra-party factionalism subverted his efforts. The lack of party unity among Democrats was a major factor in the 1868 Republican presidential election victory.

Keywords

George Hunt Pendleton, Cincinnati, Ohio


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