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A Coin for RBH
July 5, 2011 6:07 PM   Subscribe

"I am 'a radical in thought (and principle) and a conservative in method' (and conduct)." Rutherford B. Hayes was not just a man who prefigured the game of Beaver! with his steel wool facial hair.

He won a hotly contested election by a single electoral vote after losing the popular vote, he refused to consider senatorial courtesy when making appointments and worked to reform the civil service. Like other Presidents he sought to expand the influence of the Executive branch by utilizing the power of the Presidency to publicize his position, particularly in reference to the 'Battle of the Riders'. Briefly, Democrats attached riders to military appropriation bills to repeal the Enforcement Acts protecting the recently-acquired rights of African-Americans to fully participate as citizens in a number of ways. Hayes vetoed the rider-attached bills, an act which galvanized the Republicans and led, in part, to the election of James Garfield in 1880.

You may enjoy reading the collection of Rutherford B. Hayes' diaries and letters.

And if you are interested in acquiring a coin bearing the likeness of Rutherford B. Hayes for yourself, you are in luck! The US Mint is going to deploy the Presidential coin for RBH on August 18th of this year.
posted by winna (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
"I am 'a radical in thought (and principle) and a conservative in method' (and conduct)."

Yeah, you play the bongo drums for three and a half years on the dorm veranda, and the last semester you start applying for jobs with Proctor & Gamble. You gotta say something when the bongo peeps look at you all funny while you're carrying a leather portofolio.

Dem's the breaks.
posted by hal_c_on at 6:21 PM on July 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


I went to college in Delaware, OH where Hayes was born. His birthplace is now a BP station. Mo Rocca did a story about it on The Daily Show a few years back. Sad/funny shit.
posted by auralcoral at 6:24 PM on July 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I got the idea for the post after listening to a report on NPR the other day about the fact that more than $1B in dollar coins is sitting in the Mint.

I am totally going to get myself a stack of Rutherford B. Hayes coins - I think they are awesome.
posted by winna at 6:31 PM on July 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Winna, great post - and that NPR story is fubar. My goodness.
posted by likeso at 6:59 PM on July 5, 2011


Myself, I am looking forward to the Chester A. Arthur coin.
posted by KingEdRa at 7:06 PM on July 5, 2011


The fact that there's a Buchanan coin is grimly amusing.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:38 AM on July 6, 2011


Dem's the breaks.

But he was a Republican.
posted by Herodios at 7:57 AM on July 6, 2011


Myself, I am looking forward to the Chester A. Arthur coin.

Motto on the reverse will be: "Give me them, or I'm going over there!"
posted by Herodios at 8:07 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


He won a hotly contested election by a single electoral vote after losing the popular vote...

Hayes most likely lost the electoral vote as well but was awarded the presidency by an electoral commission made up of a majority of Republicans in exchange for removing all federal troops from the South and effectively ending Reconstruction.
posted by euphorb at 8:39 AM on July 6, 2011


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