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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1380
AUTHOR: Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–93)
QUOTATION: The President of the United States of necessity owes his election to office to the suffrage and zealous labors of a political party, the members of which cherish with ardor and regard as of essential importance the principles of their party organization; but he should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves the country best.
ATTRIBUTION: President RUTHERFORD B. HAYES, inaugural address, March 5, 1877.—Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington, 1789, to Richard Milhous Nixon, 1973, p. 138 (1974). House Doc. 93–208.
SUBJECTS: Political parties