16th February 1877: The Electoral Commission of 1877 holds a secret session by candlelight in Washington, DC. The commission was set up to decide the result of the controversial presidential election between Rutherford B Hayes and Samuel J Tilden, and resulted in the 22 contested votes from Florida, Louisiana, Oregon and South Carolina being eventually awarded to Hayes. Original Publication: From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
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