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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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


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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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