Running against Caleb S. Hunt, Menard secured approximately 64 percent of the vote, and on 3 November 1868 became the first African-American person to be elected to the United States Congress.

Every New Zealand woman over the age of 21 was able to vote in the world’s first general election in a self-governing colony.

Abraham Lincoln was elected barely five months before the outbreak of the American Civil War, and was assassinated less than a month before its end.