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President Rutherford B Hayes
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Voice: 419-332-2081

Our nineteenth president was born on October 4, 1822 in Ohio. He went to Kenyon College and later Harvard Law School. After practicing law for five years, he moved to Cincinnati where his career as a Whig lawyer improved.

After fighting in the Civil War, he was wounded in action. While he was still in the Army, the Cincinnati Republicans ran him for House of Representatives. Hayes accepted the nomination, but refused to campaign. He was elected by the large majority, and entered Congress in December 1865. Later, between 1867 and 1876, he served three terms as Governor of Ohio.

Due to his previous record, Rutherford B. Hayes became the perfect Republican Candidate for the presidential election. The votes were extremely tight; in the end Hayes won by one electoral vote.

As president Hayes had one major goal, to form a new republican party in the South. He pledged for the protection of blacks in the South, but also supported local governments. New leaders in the South did eventually favor the Republican Party, and approved of Hayes’s policies. Hayes also banned wines and liquors from the White House, much to the approval of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

Near the end of his term, Rutherford B. Hayes stated publicly that he would not re-run. He retired to Spiegel Grove, his home in Fremont, Ohio in 1881. He died of heart failure on January 17, 1893.



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