“Straight-Out Democrat”


"We never took stock in H. Greeley, Though Baltimore took him in tow... The ticket that's honest we'll honor... We would like to have Charlie O'Conor, For O'Conor and Adams we'll go." The song encourages others to vote for the "true" democrats


Ulysses S. Grant was first elected President in 1868, and by the time of the 1872 election it was clear that he could not control corruption in his administration. The Democrats nominated Horace Greeley, but a splinter of the party broke off and nominated Charles O'Conor and the younger John Quincy Adams.

The weakness of the O'Conor bid is shown by the fact that all the minor parties combined picked up only 35,097 votes (less than 1% of the total), and that O'Conor didn't gain a single electoral vote -- even though Greeley died before the electoral tally was taken, and the 68 electoral votes he would have earned were split five ways.

Grant, of course, won the election. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1872 - Grant/Greeley election

Cross references


  1. Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 43, "Straight-Out Democrat" (1 text, tune referenced)
  2. BI, SRW043


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1872