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PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES.
our Presidents was more universally admired,
reverenced and beloved than is Mrs.
Hayes, and no one has done more than she
to reflect honor upon American womanhood.
In I856 Mr. Hayes was nominated to the
office-of Judge of the Court of Common
Pleas, but declined to accept the nomination.
Two years later he was chosen to the
office of City Solicitor.
,In I86i, when the Rebellion broke out,
he was eager to take up arms in the defense
of his country. His military life was
bright and illustrious. June 7, I86I, he
was appointed Major of the Twenty-third
Ohio Infantry. In July the regiment was
sent to Virginia. October 15, I86I, he was
made Lieutenant-Colonel of his regiment,
and in August, 1862, was promoted Colonel
of the Seventy-ninth Ohio Regiment, but
refused to leave his old comrades. He was
wounded at the battle of South Mountain,
and suffered severely, being unable to enter
upon active duty for several weeks. November
30, 1862, he rejoined his regiment as
its Colonel, having been promoted October
December 25, 1862, he was placed in command
of the Kanawha division, and for
meritorious service in several battles was
promoted Brigadier-General. He was also
brevetted Major-General for distinguished
services in 1864. He was wounded iour
times, and five horses were shot from
Mr. Hayes was first a Whig in politics,
and was among the\ first to unite with the
Free-Soil and Republican parties. In I864
he was elected to Congress from che Second
Ohio District, which had always been
Democratic, receiving a majority of 3,098.
In 1866 he was renominated for Congress
and was a second time elected. In I867 he
was elected Governor over Allen G. Thurman,
the Democratic candidate, and reelected
in I869. In I874 Sardis Birchard
died, leaving his large estate to General
In 1876 he was nominated for the Presidency.
His letter of acceptance excited
the admiration of the whole country. He
resigned the office of Governor and retired
to his home in Fremont to await the result
of the canvass. After a hard, long contest
he was inaugurated March 5, I877. His
Presidency was characterized by compromises
with all parties, in order to please as
many as possible. The close of his Presidential
term in I88:I was the close of his
public life, and since then he has remained
at his, home in Fremont, Ohio, in Jeffersonian
retirement from public notice, in striking
contrast with most others of the world's
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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/m1/108/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.