PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/24/1868 - HFSID 5120
Sale Price $1,360.00
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
The new Governor of Ohio wishes to place portraits of his predecessors in his office.
Autograph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes" as Governor of Ohio, 1p, 7¾x9¾. Columbus, 1868 March 24. The former Civil War Major General and future President writes to pioneer autograph collector Lewis J. Cist, St. Louis, Mo., ten weeks after becoming Governor. In full: "Yours of the 21st is full and satisfactory. I also have a project not entirely foreign to yours; viz to collect portraits, to be placed permanently in the Governors (sic) Office, of all the early Governors. I have not been able to find one of Gov Lucas, Gov Brown or of -- If you happen to know the whereabouts of the relatives of either Gov L. or Gov B. I will be obliged for the information." Hayes was one of the more scholarly and cultivated Presidents and had his own collection of Americana. He brought his interests to the Governor's Mansion. Democratic-Republican ETHAN ALLEN BROWN served as Governor of Ohio from 1818-1822 and Democrat ROBERT LUCAS was Governor from 1832-1836. Hayes served as a U.S. Congressman from 1865-1867. In 1868 he served as the Republican Governor until 1872 when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress. He returned as Governor in 1876, serving until he resigned on March 2, 1876. This was the day the Electoral Commission decided that Hayes had defeated Samuel Tilden with 185-184 electoral votes. It was also just three days before his Monday presidential inauguration. LEWIS J. CIST (1818-1885), a poet and son of Cincinnati editor and publisher Charles Cist, was widely known as an enthusiastic collector of autographs and old portraits. His collection of more than 11,000 pieces was sold at public auction in New York in 1886 and 1887. Here is a rare chance to own a letter from one of the most famous autograph collections ever assembled. Shaded at letterhead. Lighter shading of letter overall from prior framing. Lightly foxed. Folds do not touch signature.
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