The road to the American presidency is littered with hundreds of also-rans — many forgotten, some still fresh in our minds. How much do you know about losing presidential candidates?
"Dewey Defeats Truman" blared the Tribune headline. Except he didn't.
For some reason, five states reported two sets of returns in 1876. Tilden had won the popular vote, but a Congressional commission gave the election to Rutherford B. Hayes. Hence the armed mob.
Kerry lost to George W. Bush in 2004 but Barack Obama made him secretary of state in 2013.
Adams was the subject of some nasty attacks by his VP, Thomas Jefferson, in the 1800 election. Jefferson claimed Adams had "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
Here's Adams' full quote: "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father." Yikes.
Aaron Burr played second (or third, or fourth) fiddle quite a bit in the early presidential elections.
The details of the Burr conspiracy are still fuzzy, but it certainly looked like Burr, who had amassed land in the Louisiana Territory, was attempting to gain support for a new country.
One of Humphreys' ads basically consisted of maniacal laughter over a screenshot of Spiro Agnew's name. But Agnew (and his running mate Richard Nixon) got the last laugh.
Eugene V. Debs, union leader and five-time Socialist Party of America presidential candidate, was serving time for sedition during the 1920 election. He still received more than 900,000 votes.
Al Gore, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Horace Greeley died on Nov. 29, 1872 — after he was defeated in the popular vote by Ulysses S. Grant but before the electoral votes were final.
No, this is not a horrible joke. That was the actual campaign slogan of New York Gov. Alfred Smith in 1928. He was anti-Prohibition and therefore "wet."
Ross Perot ran as an independent in 1992 and founded the Reform Party before his run in 1996.
At least Adlai Stevenson had a little bit of a sense of humor about it?
Eisenhower handed defeat to Stevenson in 1952 and 1956.
Alabama Gov. George Wallace was campaigning for president for the third time when he survived an assassination attempt that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Walter Mondale was trounced by Ronald Reagan in '84.
George McClellan caused a lot of controversy in his bid to unseat Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
In 1804, Thomas Jefferson trounced Charles Pinckney, getting 73 percent of the vote.
Teddy Roosevelt (running for a third term as a Republican) won the primary but drama ensued at the convention and he refused to be nominated. So he started the Progressive Party and split the Republican vote, giving Wilson a victory with only 42 percent of the popular vote.
The unlucky five are: Taft, Hoover, Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush.
McGovern's running mate, Sen. Terry Eagleton, had to drop out of the race when he was revealed to have chronic depression.
Samuel Tilden lost to Rutherford B. Hayes (inciting the aforementioned armed mob) after a controversial awarding of electoral votes in four states, including Florida.
The Bush campaign was roundly criticized for the calls, which were wrong for so many reasons (not the least of which being that they weren't true), but many said that John McCain was still hurt by them.
The debate moderator was understandably confused when Ford made this claim.
Ross Perot picked James Stockdale, a former Navy vice admiral with no political experience, to be his running mate in 1992.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry remembered two of them but couldn't quite name the third.
Bryan — who ran for president in 1896, 1900 and 1908 — was a fierce opponent of Darwinism. He died five days after the trial ended.
Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, participated in a charity fight with Holyfield.
Suffragist and free-love advocate Victoria Woodhull was the first, in 1872.