19th President. Autograph quote signed “Rutherford Birchard Hayes” on verso of John Slater Fund stationery (of which Hayes was President), 5.75×5.25. Former Civil War soldier and President Rutherford B. Hayes defines the abolition of slavery in terms of the “work of war and peace” and stresses the education of former slaves during Reconstruction.
This wonderful quotation with the uncommon full signature of Hayes reads as follows:
To Perpetuate the Union and to abolish slavery were the work of the war, to educate the uneducated is the appropriate work of peace
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
10 Dec. 1891
As President, having served as a General in the Union Army, a U.S. Representative, and Governor of Ohio, Hayes withdrew Federal troops from Carolina and Louisiana, essentially ending the era of Reconstruction (April, 1877). This quote is an excerpt from Hayes’ address given at the Ohio Civil War Soldier’s Reunion in Columbus, Ohio on August 11, 1880.
Superfluous autographed item incorporating an unbelievably RARE full-name signature with a thought-provoking and meaningful quote.
Provenance: Sang Collection, Sotheby’s (December 12, 2001, lot 358 – sold for $4,800)