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Rutherford Hayes

Rutherford Hayes

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Did you know Rutherford Hayes was a member of the Whig Political Party? Did you know that The Whig political party were active from the early 1830s to the mid-1850s? Do you know the connection between Rutherford Hayes, the White House and an Easter Egg?

Fun Fact 1: Rutherford Hayes was born on October 4, 1822 in Delaware, Ohio

Fun Fact 2: His father died ten weeks before he was born. Rutherford Hayes and his sister were bought up by his widowed mother, and his uncle became a father figure to him

Fun Fact 3: He married Lucy Ware Webb on December 30, 1852, between them they produced eight children

Fun Fact 4: Rutherford Hayes was one of seven presidents to serve in the Civil War. He was wounded five times in battle

Fun Fact 5: Rutherford Hayes became the 19th president of America in 1877, he won the election by just one vote. He was 54 years of age and served for 4 years until 1881

Fun Fact 6: The election of 1877 was one of the most disputed election in US History. The votes from three southern states were recounted before the final results were announced

Fun Fact 7: Rutherford Hayes was the first President to take the oath in the White House

Fun Fact 8: He played a key role in the Compromise of 1877 agreement which marked the end of Reconstruction Era

Fun Fact 9: In 1880 Rutherford Hayes defined the need to create an American controlled canal in Panama

Fun Fact 10: His nickname was 'Granny Hayes' this was because he did not drink, smoke or gamble

Fun Fact 11: In 1879, the tradition of the Easter egg roll on the grounds of The White House began. Conducted by Rutherford Hayes and his wife Lucy, the tradition is still in practice today and occurs on the Monday after Easter weekend

Fun Fact 12: In 1877, the first telephone was installed in the White House during the presidency of Rutherford Hayes. His first conversation was with telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who was 13 miles away.

Fun Fact 13: He was quoted as saying "He serves his party best who serves his country best."

Fun Fact 14: Rutherford Hayes died on January 17, 1893 in Fremont,  Ohio. He was 70 years old and was buried in Spiegel Grove State Park

Fun Fact 15: The year after the death of Rutherford Hayes the 'Hayes Commemorative Library and Museum' opened it's doors, it was partly funded by the Hayes' family

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