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Rutherford B Hayes 19th president Rutherford Bichard Hayes was not a well know president He was not president that had the opportunity to lead us through a war He was not a president that would draw much attention to the public eye He was however one of the presidents that had a great triumph over a major US problem economics and civil rights following a war The United States was just coming out of the Civil War and was in need of a new president They were in need of one that could lead them into a booming economic system start the process of paying off the national debt and show them the benefits of a nation-wide unification of the North and the South On October 4th 1822 Sophie Bichard Hayes gave birth to Rutherford Bichard Hayes His father Rutherford Hayes passed away two months prior to Rutherford Jr being born Along with his 4 other siblings Rutherford was raised in Ohio by his mother for most of his life Rutherford went to school in Norwalk Ohio and Middletown Connecticut In 1842 he graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier Ohio valedictorian of his class After a year of study in a Columbus law office he entered Harvard Law School and received his degree in 1845 Hayes began his practice in a small town called Lower Sandusky Not finding many opportunities here he left for Cincinnati in 1849 where he became a successful lawyer In 1952 Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb a graduate from Wesleyan Womens College She would later become the first wife of a President to have graduated from college When the Civil War began Hayes offered his services to the State of Ohio Knowing the Governor William Dennison he became the major in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Throughout his career in the army he rose to the rank of major general While still in the army he was elected into congress
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