Rutherford B. Hayes

Early Career

How did Hayes’s legal practice deal with the slavery issue?

Hayes became more active in politics and supported abolition. He began to represent fugitive slaves, who sought their freedom once they set foot in a free state like Ohio. With future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Salmon P. Chase, he helped secure the freedom of Rosetta Armstrong.

The future President Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb, who was active in campaigning against slavery and alcohol.


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