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PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1878 - HFSID 4984

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES The President introduces prison reformer Enoch Wines to Treasury Secretary John Sherman, hoping to fund Wines' efforts. Autogarph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes" as 19th U.S. President, 1p, 3½x2¼ card. (Washington, c. 1878). To Hon.

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
The President introduces prison reformer Enoch Wines to Treasury Secretary John Sherman, hoping to fund Wines' efforts.
Autogarph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes" as 19th U.S. President, 1p, 3½x2¼ card. (Washington, c. 1878). To Hon. John Sherman (Secretary of the Treasury). In full: "This will introduce to you Dr. E.C. Wines, the eminent advocate of Prison Reform. I am very desirous that he be allowed to draw the funds intended for his use if it can be lawfully done." JOHN SHERMAN served as Hayes' Secretary of the Treasury from 1877-1881. DR. ENOCH COBB WINES (1806-1879) was Secretary of the New York Prison Association from 1862 until his death. He was devoted to the study of penology, the promotion of reform in the administration of criminal law and to prison reform worldwide. In 1870, Wines was chosen Secretary of the National Prison Association, a post he held until his death. Authorized by Congress in 1871, President Grant appointed him U.S. Commissioner to organize an International Penitentiary Congress in London. Representatives of 26 nations assembled in London on July 4, 1872. At the second Congress in Stockholm in 1878, Dr. Wines was chosen Honorary President. At the Congress held in Rome in 1885, Italian Senator Count di Foresta said of Wines: "It is to him more than to any other individual that we owe the initiation of the movement for the reformation of prisoners, which is the glory of the latter half of the 19th century." After leaving the White House, HAYES served as President of the National Prison Association from 1883 until his death in 1893. Fine condition.

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