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Rutherford B. Hayes Responds to Lincoln's Assassination: Now He is

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 124

On the day Lincoln died, General Rutherford B. Hayes wrote that Abraham Lincoln would ever be remembered as the "darling of history."
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An Autograph Innovation: President Rutherford B. Hayes Signs an Executive Mansion Card

White House Card

1 page

SMC 514

Around the time of Hayes's presidency, it became fashionable to request the president's signature on Executive Mansion stationery. This card, dated, December 13, 1878, suggests that President Hayes might have filled requests for his autograph in his "down time."
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Rutherford B. Hayes Announces He Will Attend Ulysses S. Grant's Funeral

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1149

Hayes, in arranging for a visit at his home, announces he will be attending the funeral of the man he succeeded in the White House, Ulysses S. Grant, in New York City.
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President Rutherford B. Hayes Salutes Service of U.S. Commissioner of Education John Eaton

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1198

Hayes salutes the service of his Civil War comrade-in-arms in "the old 23rd," Brigadier General John Eaton Jr., as the United States Commissioner of Education.
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Rutherford B. Hayes Signed Photograph as President

Signed Photograph

1 page

SMC 1200

President Hayes inscribes this photograph for his dear friend and avid collector, Thomas Donaldson.
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President Rutherford B. Hayes Quotes Abraham Lincoln on Equal Opportunities for All

Autograph Quotation Signed

1 page

SMC 1202

President Rutherford B. Hayes quotes Abraham Lincoln, calling for all to have "an equal start and a fair chance in the race of life."
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Rutherford B. Hayes Discusses, At Length, the Disputed Election of 1876

Autograph Letter Signed

4 pages

SMC 1204

The election of Rutherford B. Hayes hung, precariously, on disputed returns from four states -- chief among them, Louisiana. Here, long after the fact, Hayes reviews with one of his chief lieutenants, John Sherman, what happened there, and why.
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President Rutherford B. Hayes Gives Recipe for Allegedly

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1206

President Rutherford B. Hayes claims that the Roman punch served in his White House contains no alcohol.
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Former President Rutherford Hayes Expresses Satisfaction with Himself, His Successor, and John Sherman

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1213

Two days after leaving office, Rutherford B. Hayes writes to John Sherman, his Secretary of the Treasury, to thank him for his help. Hayes also adds that he's happy with his successor, and that he read Sherman's farewell speech to the Treasury, which did much to dispel the notion that Sherman was "too cold in temperament."
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