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"General Grantís Sedan ____?"

Topic:
Republican Presidential Candidates
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
May 1, 1880, p. 273
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After three years of retirement, including two spent on a widely-reported and well-received world tour, former president Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) was ready to return to the White House. Grant remained popular with many Americans, but his attempt at an unprecedented third term incited a backlash, with opponents charging him with "Caesarism" (i.e., hunger for power, even dictatorship). Since no president (to that time) had ever served more than two terms, and with reformers seeking to limit the presidency constitutionally to one-term (voluntarily heeded by the current president, Rutherford B. Hayes), Grant's desire for a third-term seemed undemocratic to many Americans.
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