Sunday, July 23, 2017
The good old days.............................
Although he argued that he should "take the stump and bear a fighting share of the campaign," traveling from town to town and asking for votes was considered undignified for a presidential candidate. Abraham Lincoln had not given a single speech on his own behalf during either of his campaigns, and Rutherford B. Hayes advised Garfield to do the same. "Sit crosslegged," he said, "and look wise."
-Candice Millard, Destiny Of The Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Ed. Note: History has shown that Lincoln wasn't totally against giving speeches. See also the Lincoln-Douglas debates.