Today in History
According to Washington Press, modern first day cover collecting began with the Fourth Bureau Issue of 1922-26. President Hayes (shown above) was on the first stamp, SC #563, of the series and was issued on October 4, 1922.
Besides appearing on U.S. postage stamps...
- Hayes was the first president to take the oath of office in the White House.
- Hayes was the only president whose election was decided by a congressional commission.
- Hayes was the first president to travel to the West Coast during his term as president.
- Hayes was the first president to have a telephone in the White House.
- Hayes was the first president to have a typewriter in the White House.
- Though other presidents served in the Civil War, Hayes was the only one to have been wounded - four times!
- Hayes began the "Easter Egg Roll" for children on the White House Lawn (1878) - a tradition which still continues on the Monday after Easter.
- Lucy Webb Hayes was the first wife of a president to graduate from college,
- Lucy Webb Hayes was the first wife of a president to be called "First Lady"
To learn more about Rutherford B. Hayes, click here.
To see other U.S. Presidents on stamps, click here.