Rutherford B. Hayes, Buckeye President

Rutherford B. Hayes
Buckeye President

May 9-August 26

Thompson Library Gallery
1858 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210

Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 9
5:30 p.m.
Thompson Library Gallery

Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents,” having been the home of eight chief executives.  One– Rutherford B. Hayes–had a special relationship with The Ohio State University.  As Governor, he urged the Ohio Legislature to found a new land-grant college funded by land sales under provisions of the federal Morrill Act of 1862.  The Cannon Act, creating the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, passed both houses in 1870.  Governor Hayes nominated the first trustees, one from each Ohio congressional district.  These trustees chose Columbus as the site for the college with a strong endorsement by the Governor.

This exhibit explores Rutherford B. Hayes’ life, from his birth to his death in Fremont at age 70, as told in captions to photographs, paintings, diplomas, letters, documents, clothing, and artifacts displayed on the walls and in cases.  It also illustrates his involvement with The Ohio State University.  The exhibit highlights the periods of Hayes’ life–childhood/education, lawyer, marriage/children, Civil War officer, Congressman, Governor, President, and retired statesman.

A small portion of the exhibit illustrates the creation and evolution of the nation’s first presidential library and museum at Spiegel Grove from its founding in 1916 to the present day with vintage and current photographs of the home, museum, library, grounds, tomb, and White House gates.

“Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President” provides The Ohio State University community a greater appreciation for the contributions of the 19th president to his state, his nation, and Ohio State.

An exhibition of The Ohio State University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts and The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

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