Book Review: Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford Hayes was our 19th President and took office after Ulysses Grant. One of the things that was very interesting was how his winning the election was almost identical to how George W. Bush won the election. Both elections came down to the ballot count in Florida. Both had to have the Supreme Court involved. In both of their Florida wins there were questionable ballots thrown out that could have changed the election.

I mentioned this in my President Hoover book review (go here to see), it amazes me how the culture has changed. These men wanted the presidency, but they would not formally ask for it or campaign for it. They would work through friends to get elected and then act like they didn’t want it.

President Hayes was probably best known for bringing the country back together. He was president about 10 years after the Civil War ended. His presidency came right after General Grants administration, which was riddled with corruption. Hayes started what would be years of civil rights legislation in the United States.

As far as the book goes, it was a much shorter book than what most of the biographies I read. It’s a pretty quick read, but very compact. So basically, there’s not a lot of fluff. This book was part of the President series of all the presidents. It’s the first time I’ve read one of their books. If you want a quick read and learn some history, this book would be for you. I’m pretty sure all the books in the President Series are kind of the same, so once again, if you like a quick read with a lot of facts, this be your type of book.

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