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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEROME SHOCHET
HAYES, Rutherford B. (1822-1893), President. Autograph letter signed ("Rutherford B. Hayes"), to Mr. Wheeler, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Oregon, 7 January 1893. 1 page, 4to.
HAYES REFLECTS ON HIS ANCESTRY
Hayes's thoughts are with his parents in this letter written in the last year of his life: "My father and mother were both natives of Vermont. My father was born in the town of Brattleboro, and my mother in Wilmington. They lived for a few years in Dummerston in their native County. In 1817 they removed to Delaware, Ohio. With their belongings in Wagons they made the Journey in forty nine days. My father died in 1822 a few weeks before I was born. My mother made a number of Journeys to her native State with her children, and imparted a fair share of her unfailing affection for the Green Mountains to her only Surviving son." A Civil War veteran, Hayes came into office through the "Compromise of 1877" that effectively ended Reconstruction in the South and restored local power to the white planter classes. Believing firmly that a President could be more effective serving only one term, Hayes retired to Oregon in 1881, where he remained active in a variety of philanthropic and reform efforts such as the Peabody Education Fund, the National Prison Association, and the Slater Fund.
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