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On this day – 1st Lady Lucy Hayes was born

August 28, 2022

On August 28, 1831, First Lady Lucy Hayes was born in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Lucy was an extremely popular First Lady and was admired for her care for veterans, orphans, and the poor.

Though she’s well-known for her nickname “Lemonade Lucy” 🍋🍋🍋 (a reference to the no-alcohol policy of the Hayes White House), Hayes was much more than a supporter of temperance.

A fervent abolitionist, she encouraged her husband to join the Union cause during the Civil War and entered the field herself to nurse his regiment’s soldiers. After the war, she helped disabled veterans and the families of deceased soldiers.

Did you know? Hayes began the tradition of the White House Easter Egg Roll. 🥚🥄🐰

Official portrait of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, Daniel Huntington, 1881


August 28, 2022
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