Rutherford B. Hayes: Inaugural Address

(1877)

Rutherford B. Hayes delivered his Inaugural Address on March 5, 1877, after a disputed presidential election between Republican Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes recognized the depths of the division within the country and sought to calm the situation with his Inaugural Address. The United States had seemed to be on the verge of a second civil war during the winter of 1876–1877. The bitter dispute over the outcome of the election was finally resolved in favor of Hayes, yet many Americans remained convinced that Tilden was the actual winner. As the date of Hayes's...

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