Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877-1881)

Approval Rate: 59%

59%Approval ratio

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    Tue Feb 20 2007

    Finally ended the War of the Rebellion with the removal of the last occupation troops from the South. He really ended the conflict and the healing started.

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    Wed Dec 13 2006

    Mediocre and no vision, he was fraudulently installed; Samuel J. Tilden was the rightfully elected president, but in an election that was eerily echoed in 2000, Hayes was elected by one vote by a spurious "commission" who declared that Florida was in the Hayes coolumn. He is credited for withdrawing troops from the South, but was that such a good idea?

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    Thu Apr 06 2006

    Came in under a cloud of megacontroversy.Tilden won the electoral vote,but deals were made giving it to this galoot.So he never really had a lot of support.

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    Thu Jul 28 2005

    Though the controversial election of 1876 could have made Hayes's presidency a lameduck presidency, he instead chose men of merit to inhabit his cabinet and refused to appoint men based on political considerations. While Hayes did end Reconstruction, this process was already under way by the start of his administration and there was little he could do to stop it. Hayes also took the first real steps in ending rampant corruption within the civil service. Most historians simply do not give Hayes the credit he deserves. Though not a great president, he was a good one.

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    Sun Jan 23 2005

    Congress gave him a job and he blew it.

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    Fri Sep 17 2004

    Hayes had the most corrupt goverment this nation has ever seen, even worse then Clinton.

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    Mon Oct 06 2003

    He came into office after demanding recounts and a "back room" deal to end Reconstruction. I find it hard to respect him.

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    Sat Jun 07 2003

    Rutherford B. Hayes was put in office by one of the most controversial election's in history. It is now well-documented that his political party, the Republicans, not he himself, struck a deal with the Democrats in which the Democrats agreed to let Hayes have the Presidency in exchange for the withdraw of all federal troops from the South. Two days before inauguration day, Hayes officially won the election with 185 electoral votes to his opponent's 184. However, never before had a man entered office so scorned and disliked, and left so well-respected. He restored dignity and integrity to the office of the Presidency after it had been tarnished during the Johnson-Grant Years. [1. Crisis Leadership *** out of ***** Stars] Less than two months after assuming office, Hayes ordered the first troops to withdraw from the South. This policy, while calming the nation's troubled waters, allowed the white supremacist party to rise again and continue to suppress the rights of African Americans for... Read more

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    Sat Dec 14 2002

    skippy doo!

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    Wed Nov 20 2002

    I will just give him a 5 for the fact he is from Ohio.

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    Wed Nov 21 2001

    He is my uncle.

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    Sat Feb 03 2001

    The first President to steal an election from the American people, setting the legal precedent for George W. Bush's theft.