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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Rutherford B. Hayes

  • [Born in Delaware County, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1822; brigadier-general in the Civil War; member of Congress, 1864; governor of Ohio three terms; President of the United States, 1877–81.]
  • He serves his party best, who serves the country best.

  • In his inaugural address, delivered March 5, 1877 (March 4 being Sunday), President Hayes advocated a single presidential term of six years, and said, “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.”