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Frequently asked questions.

The Hayes Museum/Library shortly after its opening.


Q: When did the Hayes Museum open?
A: May 30, 1916 - it is the nation’s FIRST presidential center. It was used as a model for construction of the FDR site.



Q: When did the Hayes Home open to for public tours?
A: Daily public tours of the Hayes Home were begun in 1966.

Q: How is the Center funded?
A: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center generates about 80 percent of its funding through admissions, memberships, donations and its Trust Fund. The remaining 20 percent is provided by the State of Ohio. The Center receives no funding from the federal government and is not part of the federal system of presidential libraries.

Q: What years did Rutherford B. Hayes serve as President?
A: Hayes was our 19th President, serving from 1877 to 1881. In keeping with his campaign promise, he chose to serve only one term.

Q: To which political party did President Hayes belong?

A: Hayes was a Republican.

The Delaware, Ohio, birthplace (now demolished) of our 19th President.
Q: When and where was President Hayes born?

A: Rutherford B. Hayes was born October 4, 1822, in Delaware, Ohio.




The Hayes Tomb in Spiegel Grove. Q: Where is President Hayes buried?

A. President and Mrs. Hayes are buried just south of the Hayes Home, within the grounds of Spiegel Grove. A granite tombstone, quarried from the Hayes homestead in Dummerstown, Vermont, marks their burial site.



Q: When did President Hayes die and what was the cause of death?
A: President Hayes died of heart problems on January 17, 1893, at his residence in Spiegel Grove.


Rutherford & Lucy Hayes on their wedding day. Q: When did President Hayes marry?
A: Rutherford B. Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb on Dec. 30, 1852, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 30 years old, and she was 21.


Q: How many children did Rutherford and Lucy Hayes have?

A: The couple had eight children – seven sons and one daughter. Three sons died before they reached the age of three.




Q: What religion did President Hayes practice?
A: The president never espoused a particular religion, but attended Methodist Church with his wife Lucy.

Q. When did President Hayes live in Spiegel Grove?
A. Rutherford and Lucy Hayes took up permanent residence at the estate following Hayes' term in the White House.