Federal troops withdraw from the South (102 words)

Historical Context Note

Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error


In 1877 the newly elected Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes (4th October, 1822 - 17th January, 1893) withdrew federal troops from the Southern states. Hayes's presidency followed a highly disputed presidential election 1876 in which Democrat Samuel J. Tilden (9th February, 1814 - 4th August, 1886) narrowly won the popular vote, whilst the result of the ballot in a number of Southern states remained undecided. Tilden was outmaneuvered by the Republicans, who agreed to withdraw troops in order to gain the support of the Southern Democrats, a compromise that allowed Hayes enough votes to take the presidency. The removal of troops brought the Reconstruction era to an end.

We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.