Hayes, Lucy Ware Webb

Life Span
to
Full name
Lucy Webb Hayes
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Female
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
8
Family
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Church or Religious Denomination
Methodist
Other Affiliations
Abolitionists (Anti-Slavery Society)
Temperance (Prohibition)
Government
Hayes Administration (1877-81)
Marital status in 1860
Married

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (American National Biography)

Scholarship
Influenced by Lucy's antislavery sentiments, [Rutherford] Hayes, who had thought abolitionists too radical, began defending runaway slaves who had crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky. Influenced, in turn, by Rutherford Hayes's feelings against woman suffrage, Lucy, who had two aunts active in the women's movement and after hearing Lucy Stone had herself conceded that reform was needed, did not work for women's rights.

Thanks to the help of her mother, Hayes was freed from the constant care of her children. Taking an active part in her husband's political career, she accompanied him to Indianapolis to ride back to Cincinnati with President-elect Abraham Lincoln. After southerners attacked Fort Sumter, she enthusiastically supported his decision to volunteer for the Union army. Half a dozen times during the Civil War, Lucy Hayes--sometimes accompanied by her mother and children and always participating fully in camp life--joined her husband. Adored by young officers and common soldiers, she often helped her brother Joe, the surgeon of Hayes's regiment, care for the sick. She spent her "bitterest hour" in camp, when her infant son Joe sickened and died (Geer, p. 64). Sadly, the experience was not unique; two of her other boys would die in babyhood.
Olive Hoogenboom, "Hayes, Lucy Ware Webb," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/05/05-00864.html.
Chicago Style Entry Link
Geer, Emily Apt. First Lady: The Life of Lucy Webb Hayes. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1984. view record
How to Cite This Page: "Hayes, Lucy Ware Webb," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/8970.