Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

If a liberal policy towards the late Rebels is adopted, the ultra Republicans are opposed to it; if the colored people are honored, the extremists of the other wing cry out against it. I suspect I am right in both cases.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 427, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (16 March 1877).

Hayes's comment about reactions against his southern policy and his appointment of Frederick Douglass, "the most distinguished and able colored man in the Nation," as marshal of the District of Columbia.
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