Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1927, Biographical Sketch
TO THIS native Ohioan, the second of an unbroken line of Presidents, which that state contributed to the Republican party between Grant and Harding, excepting only Roosevelt, fell the task of ringing down the curtain on the epoch of the Civil War, and the responsibility of ushering in another epoch. Coming to the Presidency in 1877 in the depths of an industrial prostration, when wandering bands of tramps thronged the highways of the land, it must be said of Hayes that he did more toward the solidifying of the country, sec-tionally and financially, than any other President since Andrew Jackson. He found the North and South divided and he left them more nearly reunited than they had been in a generation. He found the national currency paper, and he left it gold and silver. He found the prosperity of the country at dead low tide, and he left it at high tide. Hayes was the only disputed election. On the face of returns Tilden was the successful candidate, and it was necessary to appoint an electoral commission, which because of a partisan majority, declared Hayes to have won the honor.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 22.
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