A Guide to the Rutherford B. Hayes Diary, 1848-1849
Born to Rutherford and Sophia (Birchard) Hayes in Delaware, Ohio, President Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) graduated from Kenyon College (1842) and Harvard Law School (1845) before practicing law in Lower Sandusky (later Fremont) and Cincinnati. In 1852, Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb, with whom he had eight children. During the Civil War, he served in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry of the U. S. Army, rising to the rank of major general. Hayes served in the U. S. Congress (1865-1867) and as Governor of Ohio (1867-1872; 1875-1877). Following months of debate over the electoral votes, he served as the 19th U. S. President from 1877 to 1881. In office, Hayes sought to protect the rights of African-Americans in the South, appointed officials based on experience rather than connections, and signed into law a bill allowing female attorneys to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court.
Card, Nan. "Biography of Rutherford B. Hayes." The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Accessed June 6, 2011. http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/president/.
Comprising a printer’s proof, the Rutherford B. Hayes Diary, 1848-1849, chronicles Hayes’ trip to Texas. Annotated by Hally Bryan Perry, the copy of Hayes’ diary and letters to his family is entitled "Chapter VIII, The Trip to Texas, 1848-1849," presumably from the publication The Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes. The manuscript discusses Hayes’ experiences and impressions of the people and the country while visiting his Kenyon College classmate, Guy Morrison Bryan.
This collection is open for research use.
Rutherford B. Hayes Diary, 1848-1849, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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