Rutherford B Hayes #19. He might not have been the best president but he sure understood the significance of history. His home is full of things rescued from a later White House remodeling - things that were going to be scrapped, like the White House gates. He also would have famous visitors hug a tree on his property and dedicate that tree to that person.
1876~Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office two days ahead of schedule, in a secret ceremony at the White House on March 3. Hayes’ opponent, Samuel Tilden, had won the popular vote but lost the electoral college, and rumors were circulating that he planned to claim the presidency for himself. That didn’t happen, and Hayes was inaugurated peacefully on March 5. Above is a photo of that inauguration. For those two days, the US had 2 presidents
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) born in Delaware, Ohio, an attorney & city solicitor of Cincinnati from 1858-61. When the Civil War began, he joined the Union Army as an officer. He was wounded five times, most seriously at the Battle of South Mountain; he earned a reputation for bravery in combat & was promoted to the rank of major general. In 1876, Hayes was elected president of the U.S. in one of the most contentious & confused elections in national history.
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As the 19th President of the United States (1877-1881), Rutherford B. Hayes oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War. Learn more: http://go.wh.gov/8cP8fN