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'Easter Egg Roll' on the White House lawn, 1936
Children roll their Easter eggs across the White House lawn in 1936

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Rutherford Birchard Hayes Was Born
October 4, 1822

Hayes was the first president to host the "Easter Egg Roll" for children on the White House lawn. The original site was on the grounds of the United States Capitol. Congress ended the tradition after a particularly active "Easter Egg Roll" in 1876. At the request of several children, President Hayes brought the event to the White House in 1878.

In 1879, the first telephone was installed in the White House. President Hayes did not use it very often, however, because there were not many other telephones in Washington.

Hayes spent his retirement working toward prison reform and creating educational opportunities for Southern black youth. He died in 1893 at his home in Fremont, Ohio.

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