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Flowers left for Rutherford Hayes
Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Sir, you will be known as the 19th President of the United States (18771881). As president, you oversaw the end of Reconstruction and the United States' entry into the Second Industrial Revolution. You were a reformer who began the efforts that led to civil service reform and attempted, unsuccessfully, to reconcile the divisions that had led to the American Civil War fifteen years earlier. When you were elected as president, it became one of the most contentious and hotly disputed elections in American history. Although you lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, but you won the presidency by the narrowest of margins after a Congressional commission awarded you twenty disputed electoral votes. The result was the Compromise of 1877, in which the Democrats acquiesced to your election and Hayes accepted the end of military occupation of the South. On the day of your inaugural, you entered in the Red Room of the White House, you became the first president to do so in the Executive Mansion.then you took the oath publicly on the following Monday on the East Portico of the United States Capitol. In your inaugural address, you attempted to soothe the passions of the past few months, saying that "he serves his party best who serves his country best". You pledged to support "wise, honest, and peaceful local self-government" in the South, as well as reform of the civil service and a full return to the gold standard.thank you sir for serving the presidency and your service in the Civil War, remembering you today after 120 years, may you rest in peace!
 Added: Jan. 17, 2013

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