pardoned persons who were convicted in the whiskey ring scandal
grant on the whiskey ring scandal of 1875 in which he used the
The Whiskey Ring Scandal involved a group of distillers and public officials who defrauded the government of liquor taxes. The Belknap Bribery Scandal involved Grant's Secretary of War taking money from traders selling at Indian posts.
Joyce at the time of the Whiskey Ring Scandal.
Some historians consider Myron Colony a reformer who helped to expose the Whiskey Ring scandal and bring its perpetrators to justice, while some fellow journalists and historians considered him to be a spy employed by Treasury Secretary Benjamin Bristow to collect evidence to be used against President Ulysses S. Grant for political purposes.
Upon his release from jail, McDonald accused Grant of taking part in the Ring in his book , 1880. In it, McDonald maintains that his actions in the Whiskey Ring were a direct result of instructions from Babcock. And since, according to McDonald, Babcock was widely regarded as being "the President's chief advisor," he regarded any requests from Babcock as having "emanated from the highest authority." Sylph, again according to McDonald's book-and we should take into consideration that he wrote the book to throw most of the blame for the Whiskey Ring scandal on others-was a woman with whom he had arranged a liaison for Babcock, not Grant. He described her as '"unquestionably the handsomest woman in St. Louis" and went on to say, "Her form was petite, and yet withal, a plumpness and development which made her a being whose tempting, luscious deliciousness was irresistible." Obviously, McDonald was quite taken with the woman, although a sketch of Sylph in his book reveals her to have been more homely than irresistible. | Take away the scandals, and Grant's record "is one of accomplishment and even outstanding success," writes historian John A. Carpenter in Ulysses S. Grant (1970), p. 81. This is not the consensus view of Grant's tenure in White House. For other accounts of the Grant presidency and the Whiskey Ring scandals, see Geoffrey Perret, Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President (1997); Ross A. Webb, Benjamin Helm Bristow: Border State Politician (1969); Hamlin Garland, Ulysses S. Grant: His Life and Character (1898); Louis A. Coolidge, Ulysses S. Grant (1922); and Ari Hogemboom, Outlawing the Spoils: A History of the Civil Service Reform Movement, 1865-1883 (1961).