Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. X, p. 4396, ed. James D. Richardson, Bureau of National Literature, 20 vols. (1897-1918), Inaugural Address (5 March 1877).

To the end of his life, Hayes favored (without success) federal aid to impoverished school districts.
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