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'His Fraudulency' in the White House | Darn Wright


Last updated 2/12/2022 at 12:04pm

Monday, Feb. 21, is Presidents Day, so let’s look back at the time and circumstances that put Rutherford B. Hayes into the White House. Today, many historians are putting an asterisk after his name.

Why should that derogatory mark be used to blemish our 19th president?

In 1876, the Republican Party selected Hayes to run for president against Democrat Samuel Tilden of New York. Despite such widely known figures as Mark Twain campaigning for Ohioan Hayes and with the Ku Klux Klan, and its affiliated White League marauders forcibly keeping Black voters away from the polls, Hayes still beli...

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