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      For the past ten years we have built a database of notable events not only in the Northwest, but nationwide and worldwide. We feel it is important for readers to have a resource for the context of the frontier years. Among hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, websites and books, our main sources are listed at the bottom of the article.

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Capsule of President Rutherford B. Hayes
      Rutherford Hayes's father, who ran a successful whiskey distillery in Ohio, died ten weeks before his son was born. Young Hayes was raised by a single mother and his sister Fanny encouraged him to pursue law as a career. Helped by a wealthy uncle, Hayes graduated from Harvard Law School and went on to become a successful criminal defense lawyer. He married Lucy Ware Webb, a girl who came from a wealthy, liberal, and politically active family. As a father of three with a fourth on the way, Hayes volunteered as a major in the 23rd Ohio Volunteers. Although he was inexperienced, he captured an artillery position in hand-to-hand combat at the battle of Winchester and was wounded five times in subsequent battles. As a major general towards the end of the war, he was awarded a medal for "gallant and distinguished service," and was elected to Congress, but he responded that there was a war to be won. For the next few campaigns, Republicans ran war heroes and used that against Democratic foes. Hayes served two terms in the House and was then elected as governor of Ohio.
      After his disputed election, Hayes quickly announced plans for election reform and began trying to heal the rift between North and South. Although he had generally supported Reconstruction, Hayes decided that interventionist policies bred more hatred among southerners, preventing the nation from healing itself in the aftermath of war. One of his legacies in office was to restore prestige in the Presidency after the assassination of Lincoln, the impeachment of Johnson and the scandals of the Grant administration. Lucy Hayes helped in that effort, gaining respect of the public. She was a strong believer in women's rights and in abolition and influenced her husband that way. Hayes himself did not drink or smoke and Lucy Hayes was a firm believer in the temperance movement, refusing to serve any alcohol at White House affairs. Nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy," she was college educated, politically astute and a champion of social causes. She dressed simply and wore no cosmetics and proving to be the equal of her husband, Lucy Hayes foreshadowed the modern president's wife.




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