It is my
distinct pleasure to announce to that the first
efforts of the Rutherford B Hayes Experience have
come to fruition. This project, hitherto
undisclosed, represents the combined musical
efforts of the ill-shaped Mr. Elliot Levin, and the
lady of light, Miss Amanda Cort.
If you would like to receive a copy of this
production, please address an electronic post to [
elliotlevin (the symbol for at) yahoo (then a dot)
com ] with your physical post address, and a
compact disc will be delivered to your quarters.
It has come to my
attention that Rutherford B Hayes, the 19th
president of the United States, is not a
particularly well known historical figure to
many. Thereby, I would like to take this
opportunity to provide you with several facts:
Safe liberalism, party
loyalty, and a good war record made Hayes an
acceptable Republican candidate in 1876.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Mr Hayes
expected the Democrats to win. When the first
returns seemed to confirm this, Hayes went to bed,
believing he had lost. In fact, the final vote
tally was too close to call, leading to the
establishment of a Congressional committee to
determine the outcome of the election.
For his Cabinet he chose men of high caliber, but
outraged many Republicans because one member was an
ex-Confederate and another had bolted the party as
a Liberal Republican in 1872.
To the delight of the Woman's Christian Temperance
Union, Lucy Webb Hayes carried out her husband's
orders to banish wines, liquors, and dancing from
the White House during the Hayes presidency.