Lucy Hayes Biography

U.S. First Lady (1831–1889)
Lucy Hayes was an American first lady, the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.


As first lady, Lucy Hayes was widely heralded for her simplicity and good sense, shunning the fancy lifestyle favored by her predecessor, Julia Grant. Her decision to serve only nonalcoholic beverages in the White House was applauded by proponents of prohibition but ridiculed by others, and partly due to her popularity, the title first lady, formerly rarely used, became common during her tenure.

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