10 Interesting Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes

If you’re one of the U.S citizens, you should know one of these following facts about Rutherford B. Hayes, since he was the nineteenth U.S president. As president, 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 and Reconstruction. To get to know more about him, below are the other facts about James A. Garfield you may be interested in.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 1: Refusal For A Second Term

Hayes proposed a one-term limit on the presidency coupled with a six year term. Although his proposal was never enacted, he still kept his pledge to not seek re-election in 1880.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 2: Sworn Secretly

Because of the bitter controversy of Hayes’ election, the Republicans were worried that the opposing party may try to derail his inauguration. He became the first president to be given the oath of office inside the White House. This occurred in a secret ceremony in the Red Room. Later that same day, he took the oath publicly on the East Portico of the Capitol.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes - Rutherford B Hayes

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes – Rutherford B Hayes

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 3: Controversial Election

The Election of 1876 was highly controversial. The electoral votes from four states were contested and a Congressional commission had to be set up to resolve the dispute. The bi-partisan commission granted the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, giving him the presidency by one vote.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 4: Winning By A Vote

Winning by only one vote is commonly found in every election. It also hapenned to Hayes. He lost the popular vote by about 250,000 but won the electoral vote by one vote.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes - Family

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes – Family

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 5: Allowance for Women

Commonly, women aren’t allowed to plead cases before the Supreme Court. However, Hayes signed legislation that allowed women to plead cases before the Supreme Court.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 6: First President to Go West

Hayes was also the first president to visit the West Coast while in office. He visited San Francisco on September 8, 1880. This is also sometimes found in the period of James A. Garfield. Check out for more James A. Garfield facts.

Factsabout Rutherford B. Hayes - Wife and children

Factsabout Rutherford B. Hayes – Wife and children

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 7: White House Tradition

Hayes and his wife conducted the very first Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. It began a tradition that continues today on the Monday after Easter.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 8: “Lemonade Lucy”

Hayes’ wife Lucy banned dancing, smoking, alcohol and card playing from the White House. Lucy came to be known as “Lemonade Lucy” for her decision to not serve any alcohol.

Factsabout Rutherford B. Hayes - Rutherford B. Hayes Library

Factsabout Rutherford B. Hayes – Rutherford B. Hayes Library

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 9: Multiple Civil War Wounds

Hayes was one of five presidents who served in the Civil War, but he was the only one to be wounded in the war. He was wounded on four occasions and had four horses shot from under him.

Facts about Rutherford B. Hayes 10: First Presidential Telephone

President Hayes was the first president to use a telephone while in office. It was installed in the White House in 1879 by none other than Alexander Graham Bell.

Facts about Rutherford B Hayes - Spiegel Grave

Facts about Rutherford B Hayes – Spiegel Grave

Those following facts about Rutherford B. Hayes might make you feel more amazed about the his life. His life is really interesting. And also, since he took great responsibility to the whole America, he was really kind to people, yet really caring to each other. Hope you found Rutherford B. Hayes facts really interesting and useful.

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