SAMUEL J. TILDEN. - Among the great statesmen whose names adorn the pages of American history may be found that
of the subject of this sketch. Known as a lawyer of highest ability, his greatest claim to immortality will ever
he in his successful battle against the corrupt rings of his native state and the elevation of the standard of
Samuel J. Tilden was born in New Lebanon, New York, February 9, 1814. He pursued his academic studies at Yale College
and the University of New York, tak ing the course of law at the latter. He was admitted to the bar in 1841. His
rare ability as a thinker and writer upon public topics attracted the attention of President Van Buren, of whose
policy and administration he became an active and efficient champion. He made for himself a high place in his profession
and amassed quite a fortune as the result of his industry and judgment. During the days of his greatest professional
labor he was ever one of the leaders and trusted counsellors of the Democratic party He was a member of the conventions
to revise the state constitution, both in 1846 and 1867, and served two terms in the lower branch of the state
legislature. He was one of the controlling spirits in the overthrow of the notorious "Tweed ring and the reformation
of the government of the city of New York. In 1874 he was elected governor of the state of New York. While in this
position he cssailed corruption in high places, successfully battling with the iniquitous "canal ring"
and crushed its sway over all departments of the government. Recognizing his character and executive ability Mr.
Tilden was nominated for president by the national Democratic convention in 1876. At the clection he received a
much larger popular vote than his opponent, and 184 uncontested electoral votes. There being some electoral votes
contested, a commission appointed by congress decided in favor of the Republican electors and Mr. Hayes, the candidate
of that party was declared elected. In 1880, the Democratic party, feeling that Mr. Tilden had been lawfully elected
to the presidency tendered the nomination for the same office to Mr. Tilden, but he declined, retiring from all
public functions, owing to failing health. He died August 4, 1886. By will he bequeathed several millions of dollars
toward the founding of public libraries in New York City, Yonkers, etc.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
Online Biographies is part of the RatsNest Group of websites which is striving
to be your one stop source for History, Biographies and New England
Genealogy. Please fell free to use all ouf sites as often as you need
them, that is what they are here for. If you have a web site you are always welcome to link to any of the pages
that we have online. Remember that new pages are being added all the time so you will find something new on most
There are now over 10,000 biographies at this web site.
Names A to H
Names I to Z
Biographies of the Presidents.
Railway Officials in America 1906
For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium