Thursday, February 21, 2008

Presidents Week - Rutherford B. Hayes

In our continued exploration of presidential inadequacy this week, today I give you Rutherford B. Hayes.

Hayes, a Civil War veteran, former Congressman and governor of Ohio was elected in 1876 in the closest presidential election in history. Once he got in the White House, his wife banned all liquor on the premisise. Parties there must have been delightful.

He had a beard you could lose a badger in, and only served one term.

Here's to Rutherford B. Hayes in celebration of Presidents Week!

3 comments:

Judy Aron said...

Actually this president's claim to fame is initiating the White House easter Egg Hunt

"The famous White House Easter egg roll traces its roots to Fremont, Ohio. It was 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, a resident of Fremont, who started the egg roll in 1878. Hayes let it be known that children living in nearby could gather on the White House lawn on Easter to play games after Congress banned the youngsters from playing on the Capitol grounds."


Thereby starting the original hunt for weapons of mass confection.

Headless Horseman said...

Wow. I may have missed his one central and lasting contribution to our nation...

Judy Aron said...

Well, all I can say HH is that you just might not be getting any chocolate eggs this Easter for that oversight!