|Other Name||Wood Plank|
|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"|
|Dimensions||W-12.283 L-17.677 D-1 inches|
|Provenance||piece of wood that Rutherford B. Hayes stood on when he received the Oath of Office.|
Cottrell, E. B.
Oath of Office
E. B. Cottrell