The election year 1880 was critically important to Republicans nationally and in Florida. Despite the abandonment of southern Republican party organizations in the wake of Rutherford B. Hayes’s narrow victory and the resulting compromise in 1877, neither the national G.O.P. nor Florida Republicans were politically moribund. On the national level three Republican giants were in pursuit of the presidential nomination though none were to achieve it - Ulysses S. Grant, considering a third term, a move especially popular with southern blacks and carpetbaggers, John Sherman, secretary of the treasury in the Hayes administration, and James G. Blaine, “the Plumed Knight,” powerful United States senator from Maine.
Klingman, Peter D.
"Inside the Ring: Bisbee-Lee Correspondence, February-April 1880,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 57:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol57/iss2/7