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19 Totally Factual Reasons You Should Welcome Rutherford B. Hayes Into Your Heart

There was more to our 19th President than that kick-ass beard.

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Meet Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States.

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He's not exactly a legendary figure in American history, but maybe he should be. Here are some totally factual reasons you should welcome old Rutherford into your heart.

1. Rutherford B. Hayes is credited with the invention of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

As the story goes, Rutherford was hungry one afternoon but didn't feel like making anything too fancy. He melted some cheese between bread and the rest is history.The addition of tomato soup came in the Taft administration.
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As the story goes, Rutherford was hungry one afternoon but didn't feel like making anything too fancy. He melted some cheese between bread and the rest is history.

The addition of tomato soup came in the Taft administration.

2. Rutherford B. Hayes' tenure as Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts was one of the least eventful periods in the school's history.

It's when that Hagrid character showed up that everything went crazy.
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It's when that Hagrid character showed up that everything went crazy.

3. The Dos Equis Most Interesting Man In The World Ad Campaign is based on the life of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Rutherford B. Hayes' beard grows Rutherford B. Hayes...
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Rutherford B. Hayes' beard grows Rutherford B. Hayes...

4. Before settling for a Wookie, Han Solo's sidekick was supposed to be a taller and furrier Rutherford B. Hayes.

It was later discovered that replicating the 19th President's facial hair would take 25 years and cost George Lucas nearly $17.8 million.
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It was later discovered that replicating the 19th President's facial hair would take 25 years and cost George Lucas nearly $17.8 million.

5. When Rutherford B. Hayes was done in the White House, he spent several seasons as a relief pitcher in the precursor to Major League Baseball.

His influence can still be felt today in the form of the many fanciful facial hair styles popular with relief pitchers.
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His influence can still be felt today in the form of the many fanciful facial hair styles popular with relief pitchers.

6. When a Fox and Friends host calls in sick, usually Rutherford B. Hayes fills in for them.

He's very good at interviewing Internet cats.
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He's very good at interviewing Internet cats.

7. After graduating from Kenyon, Rutherford B. Hayes moved to Portland, Oregon and spent several years touring with his indie-folk band, The Reconstructionists.

The band was forced to break up as a part of the terms of his assuming the presidency.
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The band was forced to break up as a part of the terms of his assuming the presidency.

8. Rutherford B. Hayes was one of the founders of Facebook and the only one to actually play himself in the 2010 film, The Social Network.

His performance in the film was praised by The New York Times as being, "Better than Justin Timberlake."
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His performance in the film was praised by The New York Times as being, "Better than Justin Timberlake."

9. A painting attributed to Andy Warhol of Rutherford B. Hayes sold at auction in 1998 for $145,000.

Several independent appraisers question the work's authenticity.
Library of Congress

Several independent appraisers question the work's authenticity.

10. Rutherford B. Hayes is an Asgardian.

In fact, the character Fandral the Dashing is based on him.
Library of Congress / Via Marvel Studios

In fact, the character Fandral the Dashing is based on him.

11. David Letterman had always hoped that Rutherford B. Hayes would succeed him as host of The Late Show.

When Hayes was asked if he wanted the job, he said he refused to work after 6:30.
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When Hayes was asked if he wanted the job, he said he refused to work after 6:30.

12. Rutherford B. Hayes was originally supposed to play Ross on Friends but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.

David Schwimmer was only considered after both Rutherford B. Hayes and William H. Macy backed away from the project.
Library of Congress / Via NBC

David Schwimmer was only considered after both Rutherford B. Hayes and William H. Macy backed away from the project.

13. In 1890, it was discovered that Rutherford B. Hayes' beard was actually a Bald Eagle nest.

The discovery would go down as one of the least important of the 19th Century.
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The discovery would go down as one of the least important of the 19th Century.

14. Rutherford B. Hayes studied abroad in Italy and it totally changed the way he looks at the world.

When he got back to the States, he said to his friends, "Did you know that the Colosseum is real?"
Library of Congress / Via Flickr: sziszo

When he got back to the States, he said to his friends, "Did you know that the Colosseum is real?"

15. Rutherford B. Hayes is actually a young British girl in a Rutherford B. Hayes costume.

**Mind Blown**
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**Mind Blown**

16. Rutherford B. Hayes was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars with just one week remaining in the season.

It was a crushing blow to the ex-president after what seemed like a flawless Cha-Cha-Cha.
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It was a crushing blow to the ex-president after what seemed like a flawless Cha-Cha-Cha.

17. The first person to import Nutella to the United States was Rutherford B. Hayes.

One small step for breakfastkind.
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One small step for breakfastkind.

18. Wrestling under the pseudonym The Big Whig, Rutherford B. Hayes won six WWE World Championships in nine years.

HAYESAMANIA.
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HAYESAMANIA.

19. Si Robertson is the only Duck Dynasty cast member that isn't actually just Rutherford B. Hayes.

Who knew there was so much CGI in reality TV?
Library of Congress / Via A&E

Who knew there was so much CGI in reality TV?

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