Rutherford B. Hayes

Early Life and Family

Was Hayes a good college student?

Hayes was an exceptional student, graduating first in his class in 1842. He made many important contacts in college, including future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews and future Michigan congressman Rowland E. Trowbridge. While in college, he delved into literature and theater, and engaged in political discussions. He also began reading law at the law firm Sparrow & Matthews in Columbus.


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