Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:
- Rutherford B. Hayes was born 10 weeks after his father died.
- Hayes had a nickname as a boy - it was "Ruddy."
- Hayes fought in the Civil War.
- Hayes thought he lost the election because his Samuel Tilden had more popular votes. Hayes had more electoral votes. Congress appointed a special committee to decide the winner. Hayes won by one electoral vote.
- Hayes gave Southern states more say in the government, however they passed laws that took rights away from former slaves.
- Hayes rallied for equal education for African American children.
- Hayes was the first president to have a telephone in the White House. Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the phone) installed it and gave it the phone number "1."
- The first Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 on the White House lawn with President and Mrs. Hayes.
- President Hayes had a lot of pets in the White House: Jersey cows, 5 kittens, 5 dogs, 5 birds, a goat, and several horses.