19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

Party: Republican

Vice President: William A. Wheeler

MAJOR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:

  • Won election by 1 electoral vote after Congress appoints a special electoral commission to look into the election debacle
  • Bland-Allison Act of 1878 allows for free coinage of silver
  • Reconstruction ends in the Southern states with the Compromise of 1877
  • First public telephones set up in the United States

MAJOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

  • Balkan revolutions in Europe 1877-1879 against the Ottoman Turk Empire and supported by Russia
  • Rumania
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Electric street lighting introduced in London, England 1878
  • Frozen meat shipped from Argentina to Europe for the first time 1877

 

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