Sunday, July 3, 2011
Tombstone of President Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes
President Rutherford B. Hayes, and his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, are both buried on the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. President Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, served from 1877 through 1881. Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, Ohio on October 4, 1822. He was a graduate of Kenyon College, and earned a law degree from Harvard in 1843. He practiced law in Fremont and Cincinnati. During the Civil War, Hayes served with the Ohio 23rd Volunteer Infantry, and rose to the rank of Major General. From 1868 to 1872, Hayes was Ohio's Governor.
Lucy Ware Webb and Rutherford B. Hayes were married on 1852. Lucy helped care for Union soldiers during the Civil War, and she was a popular First Lady during her years in the White House.
Rutherford B. Hayes died on January 17, 1893. His wife Lucy had died on June 25, 1889. Both the former President and First Lady were interred on the grounds of their home in Fremont, Ohio, now the R.B. Hayes Presidential Center.
The mansion which was the Hayes home for several years was originally built as a summer home for the uncle of Rutherford B. Hayes, Sardis Birchard.
The R.B. Hayes Presidential Center offers tours of the Hayes Home and the Hayes Museum.
On the upper level of the Hayes Museum is the Hayes Presidential Center Library. The library was the nation's first Presidential Library; it was established in 1916 by the Hayes family. The resources found at the Hayes Presidential Center Library cover the entire state of Ohio. A visit to the Hayes Presidential Center is a must for anyone doing historical or genealogical research in the state of Ohio. You can visit the website of the R.B. Hayes Presidential Center for more details about the Hayes Home, the Hayes Museum, and the Hayes Presidential Center Library, as well as excellent information about the Hayes family.