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Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) from Rutherford B. Hayes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09772 Author/Creator: Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed letter signed Date: 22 June 1877 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: One blank form letter from Rutherford B. Hayes dated June 22, 1877. Relates to a rule where civil servants cannot influence the political scope or elections, but are not prevented from expressing their views to the public as long as it does not interfere with their work.

People: Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Government and CivicsPoliticsCivilian Responsibility

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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