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The Best Books To Learn About President Rutherford B. Hayes

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Rutherford B. Hayes Quick Facts

President Number19
Terms In Office1
Years1877-1881
Political PartyRepublican
Vice PresidentWilliam A Wheeler
Home StateOhio
Presidential Pet Several Dogs and Cats (One nammed: Miss Pussy)
Articles Used in Ranking13
Number of Unique Books10

 



The Best Book About Rutherford B. Hayes
(Appears on 6 Lists)



Rutherford B. Hayes by Hans Trefousse

Rutherford B. Hayes (The American Presidents #19) by Hans L. Trefousse, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • All The Presidents Books
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mashable
  • Presidents USA
  • The Washington Post

Historian Hans L. Trefousse explores Hayes’s new relevance and reconsiders what many have seen as the pitfalls of his presidency. While Hayes did officially terminate the Reconstruction, Trefousse points out that this process was already well under way by the start of his term and there was little he could do to stop it. A great intellectual and one of our best-educated presidents, Hayes did much more in the way of healing the nation and elevating the presidency.

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#2
(Appears on 5 Lists)



Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom

Rutherford B. Hayes- Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom
Lists It Appears On:

  • At Times Dull
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA
  • The Tailored Man

Excellent biography of a president who is often dismissed or ignored. Within the realities of his time Hayes, particularly in retirement, was quite progressive in his thinking on issues of social justice and universal education. Pragmatic and realistic in his approach, Hayes accomplished quite a bit during his administration given the congress and public sentiment he had to work with during his term.

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#3
(Appears on 4 Lists)



Rutherford B. Hayes, and his America by Harry Barnard

Rutherford B. Hayes and His America by Harry Barnard
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Mandi Lindner
  • Presidents USA
  • The Washington Post

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#4
(Appears on 3 Lists)



Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876 by Roy Morris Jr.

Fraud of the Century- Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876 by Roy Morris Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA
  • The Christian Science Monitor

The bitter 1876 contest between Ohio Republican governor Rutherford B. Hayes and New York Democratic governor Samuel J. Tilden is the most sensational, ethically sordid, and legally questionable presidential election in American history. The first since Lincoln’s in 1860 in which the Democrats had a real chance of recapturing the White House, the election was in some ways the last battle of the Civil War, as the two parties fought to preserve or overturn what had been decided by armies just eleven years earlier.

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#5-6
(Appear on 2 Lists)



Harry Hayes of the Twenty-Third: The Civil War Volunteer Officer by T. Williams

Hayes of the Twenty-third- The Civil War Volunteer Officer by T. Harry Williams
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

Rutherford B. Hayes became president of the United States after the disputed election of 1876. But for Hayes the “golden years” were not the four he spent in the White House but the four he served as a unit commander in the Civil War. “It was as though he had encountered in the war a largeness of the human spirit, courage, generosity, sacrifice, that disappeared in the peace. . . . No matter how high he went, he would always be Colonel Hayes of the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Regiment from 1861 to 1865. This is the exciting story of his part in the western Virginia campaign, chasing the Confederate John Morgan up and down the Ohio, and fighting under Phil Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.

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The Presidency of Rutherford B Hayes by Ari Hoogenboom

The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes (American Presidency Series) by Ari Hoogenboom
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

This new interpretation of the Hayes administration contradicts the widely held view that Hayes was an inept politician and an ineffective leader. Hoogenboom argues that it was Hayes’s character and personality that set his presidency apart in the Gilded Age.

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#7-10
(Appear on 1 List)



Conspicuous Gallantry: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes by Rutherford B. Hayes

Conspicuous Gallantry- Civil War Diary and Letters-Rutherford B. Hayes (Abridged) (Civil War Generals Book 13) by Rutherford B. Hayes, Charles Richard Williams
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

One of the most personal, compelling, and enduring accounts of life as an American Civil War battlefield commander is in these pages. Wounded five times and promoted to General in January, 1865, Rutherford B. Hayes would later become the 19th President of the United States.

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Rutherford B Hayes: Statesman of Reunion by H. Eckenrode

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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Rutherford B. Hayes: One of the Good Colonels by Ari Hoogenboom

Rutherford B. Hayes- One of the %22Good%22 Colonels by Ari Hoogenboom
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

As the nineteenth president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes brought an end to Reconstruction and returned order to the White House. But it was his service as a volunteer officer in the Union army during the Civil War that provided the most glorious years of his life and made his post-war political accomplishments possible.

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The Presidency of Rutherford B Hayes by Kenneth E. Davison

The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. by Kenneth E. Davison
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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The Best Rutherford B. Hayes Book Lists Consulted



SourceArticle
All The Presidents BooksOne Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
At Times DullJanet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Presidential BiosThe Best Presidential Biographies
Huffington PostPresidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Library of CongressSelected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
MashableWhy I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
Presidential HistoryPresidential Resources
Presidential History (Again)Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USAFURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
The Christian Science Monitor5 great books about obscure presidents
The Tailored ManThe 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Washington PostThe Fix’s list of best presidential biographies

 

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