1822 - 1893
Rutherford B. Hayes
It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear. They prefer that no section of the country should be united in solid opposition to any other section. Fourth Annual Message
Rutherford B. Hayes, America's 19th President, served as chief executive at the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the modern industrial age. He was well suited to the task, having earned a steadfast reputation for integrity throughout his career as a soldier and a statesman. Upstanding, moral, and honest, Hayes was ironically elected after one of the most lengthy, bitterly disputed, and corrupt presidential elections in American history.
The disputed presidential election of 1876
Historian Michael F. Holt discusses the controversial presidential election of 1876
The black history of the White House
Watch Clarence Lusane, an associate professor of political science at American University, talk about his book, The Black History of the White House