Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

When I became President I was fully convinced that whatever might be true in Europe and of Europeans, in our climate and with the excitable temperaments of the Americans, the habitual use of intoxicating drinks was not safe. I regarded the danger of the habit as especially great in political and official life. It seemed to me that the example of excluding liquors from the White House would be wise and useful, and would be approved by good people generally.... I was not a total abstainer when I became President.... During the greater part of my term and at least for the last three years, I have been in practice and in theory a consistent total-abstinence man, and I shall continue to be so.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, pp. 644-645, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (February 15, 1881).
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