U.S. Presidents / Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes

1822 - 1893

Rutherford B. Hayes

It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear. They prefer that no section of the country should be united in solid opposition to any other section.  Fourth Annual Message


Rutherford B. Hayes, America's 19th President, served as chief executive at the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the modern industrial age. He was well suited to the task, having earned a steadfast reputation for integrity throughout his career as a soldier and a statesman. Upstanding, moral, and honest, Hayes was ironically elected after one of the most lengthy, bitterly disputed, and corrupt presidential elections in American history.

Fast Facts

Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Delaware, Ohio
Kenyon College (graduated 1842), Harvard Law School (graduated 1845)
“Dark-Horse President,” “Rud”
December 30, 1852, to Lucy Ware Webb (1831–1889)
Birchard Austin (1853–1926), James Webb Cook (1856–1934), Rutherford Platt (1858–1927), Joseph Thompson (1861–1863), George Crook (1864–1866), Fanny (1867–1950), Scott Russell (1871–1923), Manning Force (1873–1874)
Spiegel Grove State Park, Fremont, Ohio
Robert D. Johnston

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “Rutherford B. Hayes.” Accessed July 16, 2024. https://millercenter.org/president/hayes.

Professor of History and Director of the Teaching of History Program

Professor Ari Hoogenboom wrote the original essays, and Robert D. Johnston revised them in 2020. Johnston is Professor of History and Director of the Teaching of History Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served as co-editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.