9Who were they? 18 – 25… find a fact for each. Gilded Age Presidents This period was characterized by weak, forgettable presidents.Presidents ignored many of the problems created by the expansion of industry and the urban environment.The politicians believed in a “do-little” government, which relied heavily on laissez-faire and Social Darwinism.Who were they?18 – 25… find a fact for each.
10Ulysses S. Grant – 18th Famous Civil War General Consistently used Congress as guidance for his decisions, he was seen as bewildered and lost.
11Rutherford B. Hayes – 19thHis election was the most controversial up to that point in American History.After months of uncertainty, the final electoral vote wasA hard working man, he advocated temperance and honesty
12James Garfield – 20thJames Garfield worked hard against political corruption, and gained back much of the prestige that the president lost during the Reconstruction period.Was assassinated by a bewildered lawyer named Charles Guiteau in 1881.Guiteau used an early form of the “insanity defense,” but it failed.
13Chester Arthur – 21stUnder his administration the Pendleton Act of 1883 was passed.Enacted to curb the Spoils systemAlso instituted a civil service exam
14Grover Cleveland – 22ndHe served 2 terms, one before and one after the Harrison administrationA very solid supporter of Laissez-Faire, he once vetoed a bill that would have supplied aid to drought ravaged Texas.Turned to J.P. Morgan to bail the federal government out of a gold crisis.
15Benjamin Harrison – 23rdFirst peacetime Billion dollar Congressional budget (high tariffs from Cleveland)The first to try to slow down the trusts with the Sherman Antitrust act