Democrats that year crowded into St. Louis. They had won their first congressional majority in eighteen years just two years earlier. Things looked great for 1876. Only three southern states were still in post-Civil War redical hands. The party was regaining its strength. The 1873 depression had hurt the Republicans, as had the scandals of the Grant administration. Those delegates in St. Louis would nominate the only man in American history to win and lose the same presidential election.