Rutherford Birchard Hayes was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and as governor of Ohio. Before the American Civil War, Hayes was a lawyer and staunch abolitionist who defended refugee slaves in court proceedings.
He served in the Union Army and the House of Representatives before assuming the presidency.His presidency represents a turning point in U.S. history, as historians consider it the formal end of Reconstruction. Hayes, a prominent member of the Republican “Half-Breed” faction, placated both Southern Democrats and Whiggish Republican businessmen by ending the federal government’s involvement in attempting to bring racial equality in the South.
Here are quotes from President Rutherford B. Hayes;
“Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness.”
“It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.”
“I too mean to be out of politics. The ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment gives me the boon of equality before the law, terminates my enlistment, and discharges me cured.”
“Must swear off from swearing. Bad habit.”
“Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win.”
“The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best.”
“Law without education is a dead letter. With education the needed law follows without effort and, of course, with power to execute itself; indeed, it seems to execute itself.”
“Free government cannot long endure if property is largely in a few hands, and large masses of people are unable to earn homes, education, and a support in old age.”
“It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear…”
“Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise.”