PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1885 - HFSID 4906
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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
The former President praises a speech by recent failed nominee James Blaine.
Autograph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes", 1p, 5½x9. Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Square, New York, 1885 August 10.To Hon. Thomas Donaldson. In full: "Thanks for your kind dispatch. I would be delighted to stop with you. It would be a treat for what you have & what you are. But I am engaged to go to New York Central and must postpone to another trip seeing you & yours. Will it last until October? I will then manage it. What a perfect gem of a speech Blaine made at Augusta. It has more quotable sentences than anything of its length since 'As you like it.'" Note at top by DONALDSON: "Return this to Thos Donaldson 326 N. York Phil Pa." Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), the 19th President of the United States (1877-1881),served the Union cause with distinction during the Civil War, suffering a serious wound while leading a charge at South Mountain (1862) and rising by 1864 to the rank of Brigadier General. He served Ohio in the U.S. Congress (1865-1867) and then as Governor (1868-1872, 1876-1877). The Republican nominee in 1876, he was finally declared the winner of a bitterly disputed Presidential election in which he lost the popular vote and won the Electoral vote by a margin of one after 20 disputed Electoral Votes were awarded to Hayes by a special commission voting 5-4 on straight party lines. Hayes withdrew federal troops from the South, effectively ending Reconstruction. A reformer, he worked to curb the corruption in government which had been rampant during the Grant administration. Former Speaker of the House, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State James G. Blaine of Augusta, Maine was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for President in 1884 against Grover Cleveland. Light ink transference, fine condition.
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