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    The birthplace of Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) is sometimes sarcastically called “America’s First Presidential Gas Station” as the home he was born in is long-vanished and a gas station now resides on the property.  The location also happens to be just a stone’s throw away from Restoration Brew Worx.  Hayes’ father died only a few weeks before he was born and he would later lose two of his three siblings as well.  His uncle served as a father figure throughout his childhood and taught him many valuable skills.  Hayes attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, became interested in law, graduated with the highest honors and then briefly studied law in Columbus before moving on to Harvard Law School where he again graduated with high regard.  After moving back to Ohio, Hayes began a series of law firms and eventually settled in Cincinnati where he met his wife, Lucy, a strong supporter of the abolition of both slavery and alcohol.  They were married in December 1852.
    Hayes was also strongly opposed to slavery and as Ohio was merely across the river from the slave state of Kentucky, he often defended runaway slaves in court.  His work caused him to rise in popularity throughout the newly formed Republican Party but it came to a quick halt after Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in 1861, marking the beginning of the Civil War.  Hayes joined the 23rd Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry where he was made major and one of the men he oversaw at the time was a young private named William McKinley, a soldier who would later become the 25th President of the United States.
    During the war, Hayes’ army pushed across West Virginia and into Virginia, forcing Confederates out of the area, and eventually joined up with the Army of the Potomac.  He led a charge during the Battle of South Mountain near Boonsboro, MD and was shot through the arm, breaking the bone, but he simply ordered a soldier to tie off the wound and continued on with the campaign.  Hayes was promoted first to colonel and then to brigadier general, and by the time the war was over he and his men had faced continual conflict throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  Hayes was shot two other times, once in the shoulder and once the head, but neither wound was serious.  His skill and bravery were admired around the country and he received praise from the highest officers, especially from the commanding General of the Union Army and future U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
    Hayes was nominated for the Ohio House of Representatives while still serving in the Civil War and although he desired the position he refused to resign from his military service.  Instead, he campaigned by writing letters to the people of Ohio explaining his points of view and won the election over the Democratic incumbent and “copperhead” Alexander Long.  Hayes began his new career in 1865, after the Civil War ended, and was re-elected in 1866.  He narrowly won the election for the governorship of Ohio and served in the position from 1868 until 1872, when he lost the nomination.  He was re-elected as governor in 1876, largely due to the success of his tax cuts and a notable reduction in the state’s debt, but didn’t stay there long as he was quickly nominated for, and won, the Presidential Election of 1876.
    Rutherford B. Hayes became the 19th President of the United States (following Grant) after one of the most contentious elections in American history.  During the election, Hayes and his opponent, New York Governor Samuel Tilden, a democrat, found themselves nearly splitting the country’s electoral votes in half.  To win the election a candidate needed 185 electoral votes and after three days of counting Hayes found himself with 166 and Tilden, who had already won the popular vote, with 184.  One of Hayes’s electors from Oregon was then disqualified, knocking his total down to 165, and the remaining 20 votes from Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana were up in the air due to election fraud from both parties.  An Electoral Commission was formed to sort out the manner and it consisted of five representatives, five senators and five Supreme Court Justices who also divided up as seven Democrats, seven Republicans and one Independent, Supreme Court Justice David Davis.  As quickly as the names were chosen, Democrats elected Davis to the Illinois legislature in an attempt to sway his vote but he instead withdrew himself from the committee.  As all the other remaining Supreme Court Justices were Republicans the most independent-minded member, Justice Joseph Bradley, was chosen to fill Davis’ spot.  The Republicans then outvoted the Democrats eight to seven, giving Hayes all 20 electoral votes and the 185 he needed to win the presidency.  As part of an agreement with some very unhappy Democrats, Hayes agreed to only serve one term.
    Hayes took office soon after the Panic of 1873, one of America’s worst financial crises, and money, labor and Reconstruction were on the public’s minds.  During his time as President, he reformed the government to end crooked political appointments, successfully managed the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 (the biggest labor strike in American history), nullified the use of silver in modern currency, expanded foreign policies and, perhaps most important of all, helped the still divided nation heal from the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
    Hayes kept his promise not to run for a second term and retired from politics in 1880.  He spent his remaining years as a staunch supporter of educational institutions and eventually joined the Board of Trustees for a school he helped found: The Ohio State University.  He also created scholarships for blacks (one of which went to W. E. B. Du Bois), fought for the working poor and even improved Ohio’s prison conditions.  Rutherford B. Hayes passed away from a heart attack in 1893 and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont, OH.
    During his time in the White House, Hayes and his wife “Lemonade” Lucy kept the White House notoriously dry.  Wine was served at the very first reception but for the following four years not a drop of alcohol entered the doors of the White House.

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From the Brewer:  New England Style IPA - attenuated in your favor to be a juicy/citrusy/fruity bomb.  Made with Azacca, Mandarina, Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, and Cascade Lupulin Powder.  Dry hopped with way too much Cryo Cascade, Azacca, Mandarina, Mosaic, and Sorachi Ace.  Brewed in honor of President Rutherford B. Hayes from Delaware, Ohio.  ABV 7.9%, IBU 50
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President Rutherford B. Hayes

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