Lucy Webb Hayes (1831-1889) As First Lady, Hayes brought her zeal for temperance to the White House and supported her husband's ban of alcoholic beverages. The Women's Christian Temperance Union hailed her policy and in gratitude commissioned a full-length portrait of her, which now hangs in the White House. She also instituted the custom of conducting an Easter egg roll on the White House lawn.
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Lucy Webb Hayes - Former First Lady of the United States and the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Born: August 28, 1831, Chillicothe, OH. Died: June 25, 1889, Fremont, OH. Spouse: Rutherford B. Hayes (m. 1852). Children: Webb Hayes. Education: Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Wesleyan Female College.
Lucy Webb Hayes may have not officially attendied college, but she is the first first lady to have attended some college classes! While her brothers were students at Ohio Wesleyan University, she took some college prep courses there unofficially (women weren't allowed to be students yet.) She apparently met Rutherford for the first time on the campus. When she was first lady, one reporter for the New York Herald described her thus; "Mrs. Hayes is a most attractive and lovable woman."
Lucy Ware Webb Hayes 1831-1889, First Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett