Lucy Hayes: She Teetotaled the White House

Born today was Lucy Hayes,

The wife of Rutherford B.

She wouldn't serve liquor in White House soirees;

It was lemonade, coffee, or tea.

A Wetter View:  "Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great  an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain  from total abstinence itself." [Mark Twain]
- autograph inscription in album to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes, reported in The   Washington Post, June 11, 1881

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  • So I take it Samuel Clemens didn't abstain from wolfing down an "adult beverage." He could have been a politician with that kind of doubletalk.

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