Rutherford B. Hayes Biography

Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Hayes, an attorney in Ohio, became city solicitor of Cincinnati from 1858 to 1861. When the Civil War began, he left a fledgling political career to join the Union Army as an officer. Hayes was wounded five times, most seriously at the Battle of South Mountain; he earned a reputation for bravery in combat and was promoted to the rank of major general. After the war, he served in the U.S. Congress from 1865 to 1867 as a Republican. Hayes left Congress to run for Governor of Ohio and was elected to two consecutive terms, from 1868 to 1872, and then to a third term, from 1876 to 1877.

In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one of the most contentious and confused elections in national history. He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden but he won an intensely disputed electoral college vote after a Congressional commission awarded him twenty contested electoral votes. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Rutherford B. Hayes
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Lawyer, Politician
Ethnicity:
Scottish American, White people
Religion:
Methodism
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1822
Astrological Sign:
Libra
Date of Death:
January 17, 1893
Age at Death:
70
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
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