The Gilded Age is often considered the boring part of political history. It is tempting to just treat all the presidents as the same person, they are all quite similar. I like to refer to them as the bearded presidents. During this time the elections were always close, even though the Republicans almost always won. The south was solid Democrat, while the northeast solid Republican. The two most important swing states were Ohio and New York, hence 16 of the 20 men nominated were from those two states and all the presidents came from those two states, also.