Rutherford B. Hayes

Political Offices

When was Hayes first elected to Congress?

While still fighting for the Union, supporters nominated him as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Hamilton County, Ohio. He refused to leave the war effort to campaign but still won the election, as news of heroism in war served him well. He served two terms in the House and played a key role in the passage of a measure that expanded the Library of Congress.


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