Rutherford B. Hayes

Essay by kkuwA+, January 1996

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Rutherford B. Hayes was a great American president. He was the 19th president of the United States. His life was very interesting and busy and he was respected for everything he did. Throughout his early childhood years, and all the years that led up to his success as a lawyer and a congressman helped him in his future career in the presidential office. These were just some obstacles Hayes had to deal with throughout his lifetime.

October 4, 1822 in Delaware ,Ohio, Rutherford Birchard Hayes was born to the parents Rutherford and Sophie (Birchard) Hayes. He was the fifth and last child in the Hayes family. First of all, his father (Rutherford) died before his birth. Also, there were two girls and three boys but two of the boys and one of the girls died leaving Rutherford as the only male in the family. Hayes' early education was gained at home and in a private school.

Rutherford married a childhood sweetheart, Lucy Webb Hayes, in 1852 and they had eight children (seven boys and one girl). Three of the seven boys died during their childhood years.

With his sister's influence, Hayes decided that he wanted to become a lawyer. He went to practice law in Columbus, Ohio and later graduated from Harvard in 1845. As a young lawyer, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Rutherford had very little money so to conserve what he did have, he used his office as a house and slowly his law firm became more well known and more popular and he started gaining more and more money. During this time frame, Hayes was called to serve in the Civil War on the side of the Union Army. He knew he couldn't refuse this and was quoted as saying 'I would prefer to go...