Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-13019 DLC
"The President of the United States of necessity owes his election to office to the suffrage and zealous labors of a political party, ...but he should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves the country best."
"I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment - the sober second thought - of the people."
"It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...."
"In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments."
"Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness."
"Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty."