Who is Rutherford Birchard Hayes?

  • (noun): 19th President of the United States; his administration removed federal troops from the South and so ended the Reconstruction Period (1822-1893).
    Synonyms: Hayes, Rutherford B. Hayes, President Hayes

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    The man of large and conspicuous public service in civil life must be content without the Presidency. Still more, the availability of a popular man in a doubtful State will secure him the prize in a close contest against the first statesman of the country whose State is safe.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    I am not naturally ... “A bag of wind”; yet ... I mean deliberately and decidedly “to cut” in future all my old ideas on this head. I don’t think modesty “pays.” It is a good quality in a family, it is a domestic virtue, it makes a home happy after you have got a home, but it is not potent in getting homes. It is not a money-maker, neither is it lucky in gaining a reputation. I am of the impression that gaseous bodies do better.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    I am loaded down to the guards with educational, benevolent, and other miscellaneous public work, I must not attempt to do more. I cannot without neglecting imperative duties.
    —Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    Any officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress ought to be scalped.
    —Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    The general review of the past tends to satisfy me with my political life. No man, I suppose, ever came up to his ideal. The first half [of] my political life was first to resist the increase of slavery and secondly to destroy it.... The second half of my political life has been to rebuild, and to get rid of the despotic and corrupting tendencies and the animosities of the war, and other legacies of slavery.
    —Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)