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The most exciting moments in the history of the electoral college can be found first-hand in these accounts from the House Journal and Congressional Record.
1801 -- Election of Thomas Jefferson
When Thomas Jefferson tied Aaron Burr in electoral votes, it fell to the House of Representatives to determine who would be President of the United States.
1821 -- Election of James Monroe
During the electoral count, objection was made to counting the votes from Missouri, which at the time had not been formally admitted as a state.
1825 -- Election of John Quincy Adams
When none of the four major candidates for president in 1824 received a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives was forced to determine who would be President of the United States.
1829 -- Election of Andrew Jackson
A look at the normal proceedings of the electoral college count when there was no controversy.
1865 -- Election of Abraham Lincoln
The civil war called the electoral votes of Louisianna and Tennessee into question.
1869 -- Election of Ulysses S. Grant
In the wake of the civil war, the electoral votes of Georgia are called into question. The debate is quite lively.
1873 -- Re-Election of Ulysses S. Grant
Objection is again made to the electoral votes of Georgia.
1997 -- Election of Bill Clinton
A recent, non-controversial, counting of the electoral votes.
2000 -- Election of George W. Bush
Controversy regarding the counting of votes in Florida is settled by the U.S. Supreme Court before reaching the electoral college.
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