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- Many believed the Whiskey Ring to be a plot to finance the Republican Party.
Although President Grant's secretary, Orville E. Babcock, was acquitted through the personal intervention of the President, many people believed that the Whiskey Ring was part of a plot to finance the Republican party by fraud, but this was never actually proved.

The scandal, along with other alleged abuses of power by the Republican party, contributed to national weariness of Reconstruction, which ended after Grant's presidency with the Compromise of 1877.

Fall 2000, Vol. 32, No. 3Grant, Babcock, and the Whiskey RingBy Timothy Rives
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.

I'll go back. Fall 2000, Vol. 32, No. 3Grant, Babcock, and the Whiskey Ring, Part 2By Timothy RivesDate: Thursday, Feb 20thTime: 6-8pmPlace: The Whiskey Ring – 2651 Cherokee StH. V. Boynton, "The Whiskey Ring," North American Review 123 (October 1876): 282.
The front page has one column headings: "THE DISTILLERY FRAUDS", "Further Seizures In Milwaukee,Wis., Ordered" and more. Coverage on the Whiskey Ring scandal. The text takes up more than three full columns of the front page.A political cartoon on the Whiskey Ring scandal that occured during President Grant's second term. Grant's personal secretary, Orville Babcock, was one of the ring's leaders, but was later acquitted of charges.Whiskey Ring, in U.S. history, a group of distillers and public officials who defrauded the federal government of liquor taxes. Soon after the Civil War these taxes were raised very high, in some cases to eight times the price of the liquor. Large distillers, chiefly in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, bribed government officials in order to retain the tax proceeds. The Whiskey Ring was a public scandal, but it was considered impregnable because of its strong political connections. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin H. 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.

See J. MacDonald, (1880, repr. 1969).The most famous scandal was the Whiskey Ring of 1875, exposed by Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin H. Bristow, in which over $3 million in taxes were stolen from the federal government with the aid of high government officials. Orville E. Babcock, the private secretary to the President, was indicted as a member of the ring but escaped conviction because of a presidential pardon. Grant's earlier statement, "Let no guilty man escape", rang hollow. Secretary of War William W. Belknap was discovered to have taken bribes in exchange for the sale of Native American trading posts. Grant's acceptance of the resignation of Belknap allowed Belknap, after he was impeached by Congress for his actions, to escape conviction, since he was no longer a government official.In the United States, the Whiskey Ring was a scandal, exposed in 1875, involving diversion of tax revenues in a conspiracy among government agents, politicians, whiskey distillers, and distributors. One of the five scandals that happened during Grants Presidency was called The Whiskey Ring Scandal. My lesson is all about this scandal on: What was it, What happend, Who was involved, When they got caught, And Resolution.