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Rutherford B. Hayes What was his plan for presidency at the start of his administration? Did he accomplish the things mentioned in his inaugural address? What was in summary, his presidency about.

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Hayes was an interesting president. Put aside the way he entered office, Hayes had a lot on his plate. Since he did not necessarily have everyone on his side, it's a wonder he got anything done. People were willing to work with him because he was a grudging compromise.

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The compromise of 1877 goes something like this; although Democrat Samuel Tilden had more popular votes than Rutherford B. Hayes in the 1876 election, there were several electoral votes in question. (the presidency is determined by the electoral votes) Democrats yielded to the electoral commission, giving the Republican Hayes the votes, in turn for the withdrawal of federal troops in the south essentially ending Reconstruction. In addition, the compromise called for Hayes' support for federal funds on southern building projects, and naming a southerner to his cabinet. However, when President Hayes delivered his inaugural address on March 5, 1877  there was no mention of the contested election between himself and...

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