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Rutherford B. Hayes

Beneficiary of the most fiercely disputed election in American history, Rutherford B. Hayes brought to the Executive Mansion dignity, honesty, and moderate reform.


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Lesson Plans:

One Vote - Does one vote really count? Students will recognize the importance of one individual vote in the election process.




Primary Source Documents:

Hayes vs. Tilden; The Electoral College Controversy of 1876-1877 - A Series of Cartoons depicting the most disputed presidential election of all time.


Rutherford B. Hayes Diary and Letters - Hayes kept a diary from age twelve to his death at age 70 in 1893. He was one of only three presidents to keep a diary while in office. The edited diaries and letters were published in 1922 as a set of five volumes, The Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States, edited by Charles Richard Williams (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society, 1922). These 3000 pages of text have been digitized and are now available on the Web for students, scholars, and anyone interested in Hayes and the social and political history of his time period.

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Biography of Hayes