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PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1876 - HFSID 16829

Penned as President-elect ten weeks before he found out he had been elected President. ALS: "R.B. Hayes" as President-elect, 1p, 7¾x5½. Columbus, Ohio, 1876 December 21. To Hon. Thomas C. Donaldson, Philadelphia.

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
Penned as President-elect ten weeks before
he found out he had been elected President. ALS: "R.B. Hayes" as President-elect, 1p, 7¾x5½. Columbus, Ohio, 1876 December 21. To Hon. Thomas C. Donaldson, Philadelphia. With original stamped, postmarked envelope addressed by Hayes to Donaldson. Stained, soiled and creased. Docketed in pencil (unknown hand). In full: "I found your letter very interesting. I am glad to hear from [you] often but short. I return the enclosed." Republican Ohio Governor Rutherford B. Hayes had been elected 19th U.S. President on November 7, 1876, six weeks before he wrote this letter, but he was still unaware of it. Democratic New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden had defeated him in popular votes, 4.3 million to 4.0 million, and led in electoral votes, 184-165, but 20 electoral votes were in dispute. To end the deadlock, congressional leaders agreed to appoint a bipartisan electoral commission consisting of seven Democrats, seven Republicans and one independent. Five Supreme Court Justices, five U.S. Senators and five House members were selected. Unexpectedly, the independent member, Supreme Court Justice David Davis, retired and a Republican Justice, Joseph P. Bradley, was substituted. The count began on February 1, 1877 and was completed on Friday, March 2, 1877. The commission voted strictly on party lines and the Republican electoral votes were declared valid, making Hayes the victor by 185-184. Hayes resigned as Governor of Ohio on Friday, March 2nd. As Inauguration Day (March 4th) was on a Sunday, he was sworn in as 19th U.S. President in a private ceremony in the White House on Saturday, March 3rd, the first time a President-elect had taken the oath of office in the White House. A public ceremony was held at the Capitol on Monday, March 5th. Lightly creased. Folds do not touch signature. Fine condition. Two items.

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