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Object Name Plaque
Other Name Wood Plank
Object Number 1878.2.1
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description framed piece of dark wood; painted in blue, red, white and black letters: "THE INAUGURAL PLANK THE EXACT SECTION OF BOARD UPON WHICH HIS EXCELLENCY RUTHERFORD B. HAYES STOOD WHEN HE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MARCH 5, A. D. 1877;" on the back, framed under glass is a copy of the letter of presentation from E. B. Cottrell and a certificate of authenticity by the architect of the Capitol; the letter starts out with: "Washington D. C. Dec. 5, 1878 I have the honor to present herewith....E. B. Cottrell"
Date 1877
Dimensions W-12.283 L-17.677 D-1 inches
Material wood
Event 1877 Inauguration
Provenance piece of wood that Rutherford B. Hayes stood on when he received the Oath of Office.
People Cottrell, E. B.
Search Terms 1877
Inauguration
Inaugural
Oath of Office
wood plank
E. B. Cottrell