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Inaugural Quiz!

Question 5

Who became President as a result of the Compromise of 1877?


Rutherford B. Hayes became President and Reconstruction came to an end through the Compromise of 1877.

When the electoral votes from the 1876 election were counted, Rutherford B. Hayes was 20 votes short of victory, and 20 votes remained in dispute. The Republican-controlled Congress awarded all the disputed votes to Hayes, and the Democrats threatened to block his inauguration. The two parties ultimately worked out a compromise that accepted Hayes as President and brought an end to Reconstruction, allowing southern states to control their own affairs.

Patent Drawing for Hayes Campaign Fan

Patent for Hayes campaign fan
National Archives and Records Administration
Records of the Patent and Trademark Office
Record Group 241