Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

The great questions of freedom for the slaves and the unity of the Nation, liberty and nationality, are now settled. No political or party revolutions can unsettle the established facts, that all men are to have in this country equal civil and political rights, and that the United States form one people, one nation. The small questions of today about taxation, appointments, etc., etc., are petty and uninteresting. I cannot consent, after having borne my part in the glorious struggle against slavery during the last seventeen years, now to endure the worry and anxiety belonging to political life for the sake of the honors merely, and without subjects interesting me deeply involved in the struggles.... I am not a candidate, and shall avoid being made one, for the senatorship or for any other high office.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 135, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (16 March 1871).

At the conclusion of two terms as governor of Ohio, Hayes was urged to run for the Senate.
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