Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Visit The Estate

Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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News & Media

Historian to give talk about Ohio Congressman connected to Hayes, Lincoln

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A historian will discuss an Ohio congressman’s role in drafting the amendment that gave citizenship to anyone born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Read and discuss book about women in World War II at “Finding Her Voice” Book Club

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Learn the untold stories of women who helped with critical intelligence information during World War II during the “Finding Her Voice” Book Club on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

President Hayes among the top presidents for the economy, researcher says

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Rutherford B. Hayes was one of the top presidents in U.S. history for having a positive effect on the economy, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology said.

"Uncaged:" Monthly featured artifact or manuscript

Friday, November 22, 2019

“Uncaged” features a different artifact or manuscript each month in a display case in the lower level of the museum. These items are taken from the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums collection storage area, which staff have nicknamed “the cage.”