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04/03/1877 Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes begins

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Rutherford B. Hayes | 60-Second Presidents | PBS

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Rutherford Hayes | Presidential Minute

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The American Presidential Election of 1876

Hayes, the 19th United States president, took office after winning the closely contested presidential election. He attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War and Reconstruction while protecting the civil rights of African-Americans, but largely failed in the latter pursuit.
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