Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hancock There When Nation Was in Peril.

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal

* At many crucial moments this Union general was the right man in the right place

If you're wondering what history may make of the recent presidential election debacle, pick up Jordan's biography of Winfield Scott Hancock for a clue.

Hancock was the John McCain of his day. A strong contender for his party's presidential nomination, a respected war hero with a long resume of service who gave way to the party favorite. The election itself (in this case, 1876) degenerated into a partisan squabble decided in the end by an appointed commission amid charges of election irregularities.

Sound familiar?

Hancock lived to run another day, Election Day 1880, to be precise, but lost despite a strong showing. …

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