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The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes   By: (1836-1912)

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The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes by J.Q. Howard is an insightful and comprehensive biography that delves into the fascinating life and political career of one of America's lesser-known presidents. Howard's meticulous research and engaging narrative style make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of Hayes' presidency.

The book begins by providing a detailed account of Hayes' early life, including his humble beginnings in rural Ohio and his journey to becoming a prominent lawyer and politician. Howard skillfully captures the essence of Hayes' character, portraying him as a man of integrity, determination, and a strong sense of duty.

The highlight of this biography is undoubtedly its exploration of Hayes' presidency. Howard delves into the numerous challenges Hayes faced during his tenure, including the aftermath of the Civil War, the contentious issue of Reconstruction, and the tenuous election that ultimately brought him to the White House. The author brings these events to life, offering readers a deep understanding of the political and social climate of the era.

A particularly noteworthy aspect of this biography is Howard's inclusion of select speeches by Hayes. Through these speeches, readers gain valuable insight into Hayes' political ideologies, priorities, and his commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity. The extensive analysis provided by Howard serves to showcase the impact of Hayes' words and actions on the nation.

Additionally, the book offers a captivating examination of Hayes' personal life, shedding light on his relationships with his wife, Lucy, and their children. This humanizing portrayal allows readers to connect with Hayes on a more personal level, beyond his political achievements.

However, it should be noted that at times, the book can feel dense and overly detailed. The extensive political and historical analysis may overwhelm readers seeking a more concise summary of Hayes' life and presidency. Nonetheless, for those with a deep interest in American history, Howard's in-depth exploration of Hayes' political career is a valuable asset.

In conclusion, The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes by J.Q. Howard is a captivating biography that offers a comprehensive understanding of the life and presidency of an often overlooked American leader. Despite its occasional verbosity, the book is a must-read for history enthusiasts and provides valuable insights into not only Hayes' political accomplishments but also his character and lasting impact on the United States.

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[Illustration: RUTHERFORD B. HAYES.]

THE LIFE

PUBLIC SERVICES AND SELECT SPEECHES

OF

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES

BY

J. Q. HOWARD

CINCINNATI ROBERT CLARKE & CO

1876

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876, by ROBERT CLARKE & CO.

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

Stereotyped by OGDEN, CAMPBELL & CO., Cincinnati.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

ANCESTRY.

Line of Descent Family Tradition Indian Fighters Grandfather Rutherford Chloe Smith Hayes Father and Mother Characteristics Tribute to a Sister General Character of Ancestors 9

CHAPTER II.

BOYHOOD AND EDUCATION.

Birthplace University Springs Kossuth's Allusion Early Instructors Sent East College Life Began the Study of Law At Harvard Law School Story, Greenleaf, Webster, Agassiz, and Longfellow Admission to Bar 15

CHAPTER III.

AT THE BAR.

Commences Practice First Case Partnership with Ralph P. Buckland Settles in Cincinnati Becoming Known Literary Club Nancy Farrer Case Summons Case Marriage Law Partners City Solicitor 22

CHAPTER IV.

IN THE FIELD.

Appointed Major Judge Advocate Lieutenant Colonel South Mountain Wounded Fighting while Down After Morgan Battle of Cloyd Mountain Charge up the Mountain Enemy's Works Carried by Storm First Battle of Winchester Berryville 31

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