The campaign to replace Grant in 1876 only exacerbated everyone's fears, when Democrat Samuel J. Tilden won the popular vote but voting fraud in Florida and Louisiana allowed Rutherford B. Hayes to edge Tilden out in the Electoral College, 185 to 184. In an unspoken agreement, the Republicans pulled the federal troops out of the South in return for an undisputed transfer of power from the Democrats. One thing did help, however: whatever Grant's failings as a politician, everyone knew him to be a brilliant soldier. Talk of another civil war over the election results quickly died away with Grant still in the White House. Without incident, in March of 1877, Grant returned to private life.Grant now set about trying to restore the image of the victorious four-star general over his current image of discredited corrupt President. He and Julia immediately set out for a
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