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Overall, the greatest general the nation had ever seen soon became one of its worst  Presidents. Grant's motto, "Let us have peace," was supported by no policy initiatives to  give it teeth. Furthermore, Grant expressed little desire to make policy or enforce it over  the will of the American people. Thus, when considering his Presidency, it is important  to make the distinction between what Grant himself did and what his administration did– as Grant rarely had much knowledge of what the people under him were doing. Luckily, Grant's lack of knowledge about the power of the executive branch was  precisely what Americans wanted in 1868. They had grown tired of the politicking and  tricks of Andrew Johnson and wanted a President who was subordinate to the  legislature–exactly Grant's approach. He saw the Presidency as an administrative  position in which he would do no more or less than Congress asked of him. Perhaps 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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