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President Rutherford Hayes

Source: The Library of Congress

President Rutherford Hayes won the disputed election of 1876 and took office hoping to heal the nation's wounds after the Civil War. He also worked to end corruption in the civil service, promoting competitive exams for civil service workers, and to strengthen the executive branch. Hayes served only one term from 1877 to 1881 and refused to run for reelection.

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