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Rutherford B. Hayes

What did Rutherford B. Hayes promise in return for becoming President?


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In the American presidential election of 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes struck a deal with Southern Democrats that enabled him to achieve the presidency. In return for their electoral votes (which would give him the needed majority), Hayes agreed to remove Federal occupation-troops from South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana -- and thereby practically put an end to Reconstruction in those states.