[quote=“paulbeard, post:44, topic:109211”]
On the whole, Grant was a decent, honorable man who has been the victim of rumor mongers and writers who irresponsibly perpetuate the myth that all Grant did was drink. Remember: drunks do not win wars; alcoholics are not elected President of the United States. [/quote]
Before prohibition, America was a nation of drunkards, judging from records of ethanol production. And after prohibition, pißwaßer became the national drink of choice–real ale being too strong for the US liver. A racist prohibitionist could take what is known, and exaggerate as he pleased.
As far as Grant being corrupt, well…
Grant had enemies; they played up his flaws.