Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rutherford & Lucy Hayes Marry

Dead Presidents Daily will be back after the first of the year. Much of the first week of January will be taken up with Millard Fillmore Week, to honor the 13th President of the United States, who has the first presidential birthday in the calendar (besides being the first president born in the 1800s).

The future 19th President of the United States and First Lady married in late 1852. This photo was taken on their wedding day, December 30.

Hayes was practicing law in Cincinnati at the time. Twenty-five years and a day later, on December 31, 1877, President and Mrs. Hayes celebrated their silver anniversary with a re-enactment of their vows at the White House, presided over by Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Dow McCabe of Ohio Wesleyan University, who had originally married them.

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