Republican party as the party was to him. He had not wanted the nomination and the party had wanted the prestige of his name at the polls.
He was not now grateful to the party, for he believed that if the party leaders could have done without him they never would have nominated him. And it is true that he was not the choice of the leaders, who doubted his political ability and distrusted even yet his political fidelity; he was forced upon them by the rank and file.
Stanton, Chase, Greeley, Sumner—all would have preferred a purely political man. Grant knew this.
He refused from the first to take any active part in the campaign.
When the trial of the President was concluded and Congress adjourned, he set out for his little home in Galena to get away from arrangements and conferences.
The party managers were very much annoyed by this course.
Nearly all his friends thought it unwise, and those who were intimate enough advised against it. He was now, they said, the chief of the part