Rutherford B. Hayes

Ca. 1877-1893. Courtesy of Library of Congress
  Nineteenth President, 1877-1881

Rutherford B. Hayes had been a Union general in the Civil War, and he won a controversial election by just one electoral vote. His first important act in office was to end Reconstruction by removing the last of the federal troops from the South, which won over his Democratic critics, but alienated many within his own party. Hayes attacked the corrupt patronage system, personally firing future 21st president Chester A. Arthur from a powerful position he had been rewarded with. In 1879, Hayes vetoed Congress's first ban on Chinese immigration.
Era Related to this President
The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
Objects Related to this President
China Plate Used by Rutherford and Lucy Hayes
  First Lady Lucy Hayes
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