Samuel J. Tilden

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Samuel Jones Tilden was an attorney and politician of the Democratic party. He studied law at New York University and was admitted to the bar in 1841.

Born: February 9, 1814 in New Lebanon, New York. Died: August 4, 1886 at his home in New York.

He represented a number of railroads and invested in real estate. His investments made him wealthy at a young age.

Tilden was the leader of the Bourbon Democrats--the conservative pro-business wing of the party. he took the lead in fighting and breaking the Tweed Ring in New York City politics.

Tilden served as governor of New York from 1874 to 1876. He was nominated as the Democratic candidate for President for the 1876 election but the result was contested and finally a special Electoral Commission awarded the presidency to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Tilden's health collapsed and he never ran again.

He bequeathed two million dollars to construct and maintain a public library which later merged with others to become the New York Public Library.


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