President Rutherford B. Hayes Outside the White House

President Hayes stands on a balcony of the White House on the evening after his inauguration. Crowds stand below, and some people wave banners. March 4, the usual day for inaugurations, fell on a Sunday in 1877. Because of the long dispute over the election results, President Grant felt that it was prudent to inaugurate Hayes as soon as possible. So, a private inauguration took place in the Red Room of the White House on the evening of Saturday, March 3; it was attended by Hayes, Grant, Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, and Grant's secretary of state Hamilton Fish. A second inauguration for the public took place on Monday, March 5. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Waite on both occasions.

March, 1877
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