Many Firsts During the Hayes Presidency

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April 18, 2015 by Lorene

(This short post is taken almost verbatim from the book.)

Hayes was the first President to visit the west coast. He felt it was important for them to see their President and he wanted to see how the west was growing, as well as see first hand what was happening on the other side of the country. After seeing the poverty of a number of Native Americans on Indian Reservations, he worked to improve reservation life.

After Alexander Graham Bell spoke to Hayes over the telephone in 1877, Hayes had a telephone installed in the White House.  In 1878, Thomas Edison brought his phonograph over to demonstrate playback of sound. Hayes brought the first typewriter into the White House and had the first permanent running water system installed. He believed new technology was the best way to improve American lives.


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