Rutherford B. Hayes Research Paper

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On October 4th, 1822 in Delaware, Ohio the nineteenth president of our United States of America was born. After winning one of the most controversial presidential elections in history, Rutherford B. Hayes was secretly sworn into office, becoming the first president to take his oath in the White House. While only serving only one term in office (1877-1881) Hayes made incredible strides in Civil-Rights laws, results of which wouldn’t be seen until the next presidency, also dealing with the time after the Civil War, otherwise known as the Reconstruction period, and rebuilding a new America. The fifth child in the marriage of Rutherford Hayes Jr., who ran a whisky distillery, and Sophia Birchard Hayes, his fathers namesake Rutherford …show more content…

Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden, a democrat. Rutherford was extremely popular with a certain group of republicans, and after four months of tightrope walking and audacious political campaigning, it became easily apparent that the opposing democratic candidate Tilden was by far the leading politician in this race. With around 265,000 more popular votes than Hayes, it was nothing less than preposterous to still believe that Hayes could become president. If Tilden got even one of the 3 electoral votes left he would have victory in his hands. These three states were Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina and each state had sent separate disputed results to Congress on whom they chose to run the country. The overall republican vote was to elect Hayes the electoral votes and while everyone assumed the democratic majority would power against that decision and promote that the electoral votes go to Samuel J. Tilden, instead a “compromise” was sought out to make what the Southern Democrats have been fighting for happen. The compromise said that the Democrats Rutherford needed the votes from would indeed give him the votes and promote the Republicans decision to elect Rutherford all the electoral votes if the federal Reconstruction troops in the south would leave and they would get at least one southern states representative in Hayes’ cabinet. After much pushing and under that table work from both political parties Hayes came out an

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