Was the Electoral College created only because of slavery?

Does the Electoral College have racist roots? Was it created only because of slavery?  To listen to some media commentators in recent weeks, you would think so. But nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s start by acknowledging an obvious fact: Yes, some of our Founders owned slaves. Compromises were made in our early […]

This Day in History: Benjamin Harrison wins the White House, despite a popular vote defeat

On this day in 1888, Benjamin Harrison defeats Grover Cleveland for the presidency, despite losing the national popular vote. Cleveland had won 5.5 million votes nationwide! By contrast, Harrison had only 5.4 million. Wait. But Harrison won anyway!? Yes, he did! 😉 The national popular vote tally has no legal significance under our Electoral College […]