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Post Scripts: Some presidents would rather be generals

by Joe Snyder

My Presidential Anecdotes book doesn’t have too much about the next three presidents after Ulysses S. Grant as it seems they, too, would rather have been soldiers than presidents. Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president from 1877 to 1881, said near the end of his life, "I am more gratified by friendly reference to my war record than by any other flattery." When the Civil War came

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