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In San Francisco, Democratic Party talks aimed at uniting Electoral College votes against the Republicans fail

San Francisco, California, circa 1860, from the south west
Democrats in California were seriously and acrimoniously split over the Douglas and Breckinridge presidential nominations.  The state party committee held a meeting in San Francisco to attempt a compromise by which electors would cast ballots for the Democratic candidate who carried the most votes in the state and thereby not split California's electors and give victory to the Republicans.  The Breckinridge forces refused.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Hubert H. Bancroft, The History of California, Vol. VII (San Francisco, CA: The History Company, 1890), 268.