gs greater credit in rendering service to President Grant in the halls of Congress than to any other man.
At no time in the history of the Government has there been a greater number of able men in Congress than there was in the early seventies.
Unhappily, ambition all too often attributes evil to the motives of rivals.
Grant was naturally the only barrier in the road to the White House to each of the men ambitious to occupy it. He had reluctantly accepted the nomination for President in 1868, realizing that he had no training for an executive position.
The Republican party would not listen to his objections, knowing that his name was a synonym for a victory.
He had conscientiously and wisely administered the affairs of the Republic, and had advanced the United States to a high place on the roll of nations.
Yet he and his followers were the targets against whom the shafts of the designing were levelled.
Grant was held responsible for every act of his appointees — the whiskey-r