US Presidents series Rutherford B. Hayes (1822 – 1893) 1906 vintage undivided back postcard features a lithograph photo of Hayes the 19th President of the United States (from 1877 to 1881). Black and white lithographed photo of Hayes, surrounded by a heavily embossed gold frame, capped with an American Eagle, and inter-twined with a brightly colored American Flag.
Publisher is un-known. Undivided back postcard dates this card to between 1901 and 1907. Card is stamped, and bears a postal cancellation of December 8, 1906, from the Meriden, Connecticut post office.
Hayes was born and lived his entire life in Ohio. During the Civil War, Hayes was wounded several times, earning a reputation for bravery in combat, and was promoted to the rank of major general. After the war, he served in the U.S. Congress from 1865 to 1867; Governor of Ohio from 1867 to 1871; and was elected to a third term in 1875.
In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one of the most hotly disputed elections in American history. Although he lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, Hayes won the presidency after a congressional commission awarded him twenty disputed electoral votes. As a result of the Compromise of 1877, the Democrats acquiesced to Hayes's election in exchange for the end of the United States military occupation of the South.
As president, he presided over the end of Reconstruction; and was a reformer who began the effort for civil service reform. After one term Hayes retired to his home in Ohio, where he remained an advocate of educational and social reform.
CONDITION: Standard-sized postcard is in good condition. No rips, tears, creases or folds. or Some spots of wear and /or color loss, mostly on high-points and around the edges, as well as areas of light soiling on the all-white background, mostly on the margins – all of which are much more noticeable in this photo than in person. Back has some light brown stains.
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