He is well known for winning the presidential election of 1876, which was so close it had to be decided by a vote of Congress. He is infamous for ordering federal soldiers to leave the South in 1877, which effectively handed southern states over to white supremacists for nearly a century. And yet, what was most notable about Rutherford B. Hayes was his basic human decency. Hayes’ greatest achievement was not his presidency—but as a soldier, congressman, governor, community activist, and family man, he lived a life of experience, effort, morality, and love.
Presidential Leaders series
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