In the summer of 1876, sculptor Olin Warner tried to interest the two major political parties in commissioning busts of their presidential candidates to be replicated for campaigning. The Republican camp, which was having a hard time drumming up interest in the rather colorless Rutherford B. Hayes, took advantage of the proposal. At least one Hayes supporter pinned great hopes on the resulting likeness's ability to persuade a so-far doubting public that Hayes was "a man of power." The venture for replicating the bust on a large scale, however, never went very far, and only a few copies were ever made.


  • Title: Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Creator: Olin Levi Warner
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Physical Dimensions: w24.8 x h27.3 x d12.7 cm (With Socle)
  • Type: Plaster
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones, 1974
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Sculpture

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