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Eventually more than 110 people were convicted and over three million dollars in taxes were recovered as a result of the Whiskey Ring investigations and prosecutions. Many people considered the Whiskey ring a symbol of corrupt Republican governments in power after the Civil War. As later scandals swept through the Grant administration, public disillusionment dulled the bright idealism for Reconstruction and President Grant’s presidency ended with the Compromise of 1877.

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McDonald, John. Secrets of the Great Whiskey Ring. St. Louis, Mo.: W. S. Bryan, 1880.

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The Whiskey Ring is open daily from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There's no kitchen, but there are plenty of places to grab a bite nearby. Keep an eye out for weekly whiskey flights and monthly seminars to help learn more about your favorite whiskey and try out something new.

Whiskeygate–the Tale of the Infamous Whiskey Ring

This is a solid bar. I headed over to The Whiskey Ring, with a few friends after eating dinner at Sidney Street Cafe, for the first time and was not disappointed. It was actually busy for a Tuesday evening with a really cool vibe. I opted for the sazerac first and then tried a few of the drafts. The prices were very reasonable.

I love the feel of Cherokee Street these days. Enjoy places like this now because when gentrification comes it will bring strollers and sports bars.

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H. V. Boynton, "The Whiskey Ring," North American Review 123 (October 1876): 282.
..... resolved to break the conspiracy. To avoid warning the suspects, he assigned secret investigators from outside the Treasury Dept. to collect evidence. Striking suddenly in May, 1875, he arrested the persons and seized the distilleries involved. Over $3 million in taxes was recovered, and of 238 persons indicted 110 were convicted. Although President Grant's secretary, Orville E. Babcock, was acquitted through the personal intervention of the President, many persons believed that the Whiskey Ring was part of a plot to finance the Republican party by fraud.Fighting scandal was practically a state of being in the Grant White House, but the Whiskey Ring indictment was trouble, perhaps the worst the President— and certainly Babcock— had seen since the war.
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McDonald was somewhat of an old pal of the President’s, having been recommended for his position by more than a couple of Julia Grant’s family’s friends. Even so, Grant, at this point, made it clear that he wanted to clear up the whole mess and prosecute whoever was responsible for stealing the money. The following month over 300 people (distillers and government employees) were arrested for their involvement in the Whiskey Ring, and everyone was certain that justice was being served. But Grant was about to have a change of heart that would rock his White House aides and change the outcome of the whole affair.

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The political battle simmering beneath the surface of the Whiskey Ring trials intensified with the conviction of W. O. Avery, the former chief clerk of the Treasury Department. In his closing argument, prosecutor John B. Henderson, a former U.S. senator from Missouri who had voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson, accused Babcock of obstructing justice. More important, he attacked Grant when he likened the position of a minor Treasury official allegedly pressured by Babcock and the President to call off his investigation of whiskey fraud to that of a slave. Attorney General Pierrepont fired the impolitic Henderson without pay.

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In addition to the star Civil War character witnesses, the defense brought a former mail carrier, James Magill, to the stand to answer a charge that Babcock received five hundred dollars in the mail from the Whiskey Ring. Magill's testimony provided the trial's comic relief. His improbable story of removing envelopes addressed to Babcock from the mailbox and his highly excited state on the witness stand forced the defense to admit that Magill, "while undoubtedly truthful . . . afforded just ground for the suspicion that he had been trained for the occasion."