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Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Rutherford Birchard Hayes was a studious, good-natured man who enjoyed books more than politics. Ohio Republicans nominated him for Congress while he was fighting in the Civil War, but Hayes refused to campaign, declaring that any officer who "would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress ought to be scalped." He was elected, but refused to take his seat until the war was over. He later served three terms as Governor of Ohio. In 1876, he was nominated for the presidency, an office which he ultimately won by a margin of one electoral vote just one day before his inauguration.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Hayes Birthplace October 4, 1822 Born in Delaware, Ohio.
  1842 Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
  1845 Graduated from Harvard Law School.
  1850 Opened a law office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  December 30, 1852 Married Lucy Ware Webb.
  1858 Elected City Solicitor of Cincinnati.
  1861-1865 Served in the Civil War.
  1864 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  1867 Elected Governor of Ohio.
Spiegel Grove 1873 Moved into Spiegel Grove.
  1876-1877 Elected President of the United States.
grave of Rutherford B. Hayes January 17, 1893 Died in Fremont, Ohio.

See Also

Civil War
The Presidential Election of 1876

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