Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. (Birchard) Hayes, 19th President of the U.S, serving from 1877 to 1881.... another of those bearded folks from the 1800s. I didn't know a lot about this fellow. He only served one term, by his choice. Found out on Wikipedia that he served in the Civil War, starting as an officer and ending up a major general. He was a brave and daring soldier and was wounded five times in that conflict.

From apple4the teacher.com I gleaned these things from the list of 'facts and trivia.'


"- Hayes thought he lost the election because his Samuel Tilden had more popular votes. Hayes had more electoral votes. Congress appointed a special committee to decide the winner. Hayes won by one electoral vote.
- Hayes gave Southern states more say in the government, however they passed laws that took rights away from former slaves.
- Hayes rallied for equal education for African American children.
- Hayes was the first president to have a telephone in the White House. Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the phone) installed it and gave it the phone number "1."
- The first Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 on the White House lawn with President and Mrs. Hayes.
- President Hayes had a lot of pets in the White House: Jersey cows, 5 kittens, 5 dogs, 5 birds, a goat, and several horses."

I'm a little late posting this... His birthday is today (born October 4, 1822, died January 17, 1893). And Chester Arthur's b'day is tomorrow! October is a busy month for presidential birthdays...Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Adams are still to come. Side note: someone with aspirations for the top office has an October birthday... Hillary. Of course, she hasn't announced yet, but I don't think there's going to be any surprise when she gives her decision.

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