Which man was president at the end of the Reconstruction Period?

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May 24, 2017

Rutherford B. Hayes was technically the president at the end of Reconstruction.


Ultimately, the election of Hayes as president marked the end of Reconstruction:

So Hayes (Republican) ran against Tilden (Democrat) and the results were so close that the matter had to be sent to the House of Representatives. At this point, Republicans were pretty nervous because they really needed to win this election.

Therefore, Republicans "bribed" Southern Democrats to vote for Hayes. In exchange for that, Southern Democrats demanded that Republicans end reconstruction in the south and stop the military districts. The deal was struck and Reconstruction came to a close.

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