I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1877 until March 4, 1881. He was, also, a lawyer and a soldier. He did serve in the United States Union Army during the Civil War. He became a Brevet Major General.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes was born in 1822 in Delaware, Ohio. His father died ten weeks before his birth. He had three siblings, only his sister and Rutherford survived to adulthood. His mother never remarried. Rutherford attended local schools, Methodist Norwalk Seminary, and a preparatory school before attending Kenyon College. He graduated with honors in 1842. He read law in Ohio before attending Harvard Law School. He graduated from Harvard and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1845.
Hayes moved to Cincinnati in 1850. He opened a law office, had partners, and joined the Cincinnati Literary Society and the Odd Fellows Club. Hayes married Lucy Webb in 1852. They had eight children.
Hayes became the city solicitor. He next served in the United States Union Army from 1861 until 1865 in the Civil War. In 1865, he served a term in the United States House of Representatives. In 1868, he began serving as Governor of Ohio until 1872. He took some time away from politics and then became Ohio’s Governor again in 1876. He soon became elected as President of the United States however.
The election was disputed earning him the nicknames Rutherfraud and His Fraudulency. He became President nonetheless. As President, Hayes oversaw the end of Reconstruction. He, also, led civil service reform and became an advocate of social and educational reform. He ordered the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. He laid the groundwork for further reform in civil service.
Following his Presidency, he returned to Ohio and was elected a companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He served until his death in 1893. He had been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Ohio State University as well. He worked for education, as well as, prison reform and other causes. His wife Lucy died in 1889. He died of complications from a heart attack in 1893. He has been honored and left a legacy.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!