Honest Sam Tilden

Samuel Jones Tilden (1814 - 1886) was the Democratic candidate in the disputed United States presidential election of 1876, one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Clarence Darrow became interested in politics as early as age fifteen when his father enthusiastically supported Horace Greeley for president in 1872. In the 1876 race his family supported Samuel Tilden while most of their neighbors supported Rutherford B. Hayes. The Tilden campaign prompted the young Darrow to become knowledge about political issues. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-89311.