(19) Lucy Ware Webb Hayes


Lucy Ware Webb Hayes



Death date



Rutherford B. Hayes

Dates of service


Relationship to president


Other marriages 




First Ladies National Library Biography of Lucy Hayes

White House History of Lucy Hayes

Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library: Lucy Webb Hayes

Papers/letters collections

Lucy Webb Hayes Correspondence-1861

Manuscripts for: Lucy Hayes

Historical sites

Lucy Hayes Heritage Center

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes: Gravesite

Fascinating details

  • She took an early interest in equality of the sexes, however, Lucy did little, if anything, to support women’s right to vote.
  • Lucy took the blame for the national ban on alcohol, earning nicknames such as ‘Lemonade Lucy.’ Some associate her involvement with the Temperance Movement as part of a larger effort to reduce instances of domestic violence.
  • While very involved in politics and the movements of the time, Lucy Hayes abruptly stopped her participation once her sister-in-law died. 
  • She was mostly involved in housekeeping after the death of her sister-in-law, although she continued to support the abolition of slavery. 
  • Hayes was the first ‘first lady’ to have a higher education degree, receiving a liberal arts degree from Wesleyan Female College at 18 years old.