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.

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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.

Thank you, and God bless liberty and justice.