In the election of 1868, the Democratic nominee received 33 electoral votes from his home State of New York, and 47 electoral votes from other places. General Grant received electoral 214 votes. The Democrats carried only eight states.
The most memorable occurrences at the convention were the return of politicians from the defeated, war-ravaged southern States. In attendance was Robert Barnwell Rhett of Louisiana (formerly of South Carolina) who had been one of the strongest advocates of secession.