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RUTHIERFORD B. HA YES.
farm, Mr. Hayes concluded to enter into
business in the village. He purchased an
interest in a distillery, a business then as respectable
as it was profitable. His capital
and recognized ability assured him the
highest social position in the community.
He died July 22, 1822, less than three
months before the birth of the son that was
destined to fill the office of President of the
M5rs. IHaives at this period was very weak,
and the subject of this sketch was so feeble
at birth that he was not expected to live
beyond a month or two at most. As the
months went by he grew vweakerand weaker
sco that the neighbors were in the habit of
inquiringr from time to time "if Mrs.
Ilacs's baby died last night." On one occa;sionl
a nelcirghbor, \who was on friendly
terms with the family, after alluding to the
boy's bitg hcadl and the mother's assiduous
care of himt, said to her, in a bantering way,
lThat*'s right! Stick to him. You have
got himl along so far, and I shouldn't wonder
if le would really come to something
)ct." "\(Not need not laugh," said Mrs.
I;I lays. " you wait and see. You can't tell
butt I shall make himn President of the
UItited States vet."
lThe ,boy lived, in spite of the universal
predictions of his speedy death; and when,
in S1j5, hlis elder brotller was drowned, he
becac:lc, if possible, still dearer to his mother.
lie \vws seven )'ears old before he was
pIlaced in school. IIls education, however,
was ot neglected. His sports were almost
wholly within doors, his playmates being
his sister and her associates. These circumst:ances
tended, no doubt, to foster that
gentleness of disposition and that delicate
consilderatio:)n for the feelings of others
which are marked traits of his character.
At school lie w;as ardently devoted to his
studies, obedicnt to the teacher, and careful
to avoid the quarrels in which many of
his schoolmates were involved. HIIc as
always waiting at the school-house door
when it opened in the morning, and never
late in returning to his seat at recess. His
sister Fannie was his constant companion,
and their affection for each other excited
the admiration of their friends.
In I838 young Hayes entered Kenyon
College and graduated in I842. He then
began the study of law in the office of
Thomas Sparrow at Columbus. His health
was now well established, his figure robust,
his mind vigorous and alert. In a short
time he determined to enter the law school
at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where for
two years he pursued his studies with great
In 1845 he was admitted to the bar at
Marietta, Ohio, and shortly afterward went
into practice as an attorney-at-law with
Ralph P. Buckland, of Fremont. Here he
remained three years, acquiring but limited
practice, and apparently unambitious ol
distinction in his profession. His bachelor
uncle, Sardis Birchard, who had always
manifested great interest in his nephew and
rendered him assistance in boyhood, was
now a wealthy banker, and it was understood
that the young man would be his
heir. It is possible that this expectation
may have made Mr. Hayes more indifferent
to the attainment of wealth than he would
otherwise have been, but he was led into no
extravagance or vices on this account.
In 1849 he removed to Cincinnati where
his ambition found new stimulus. Two
events occurring at this period had a powerful
influence upon his subsequent life.
One of them was his marriage to Miss
Lucy Ware Webb, daughter of Dr. James
Webb, of Cincinnati; the other was his
introduction to the Cincinnati Literary
Club, a body embracing such men as Chief
Justice Salmon P. Chase, General John
Pope and Governor Edward F. Noyes.
The marriage was a fortunate one as every.
:body knows. Not one of all the wives of
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/107/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.