Lucy Ware Webb Hayes

Born: 28 Aug 1831, Chillicothe, OH
Died: 25 Jun 1889, Fremont, OH

First Lady

Common Ancestor:
Elizabeth Wood
9th Gr Grandmother
of Merle G Ladd
5th Gr Grandmother
of Lucy W Webb
Hannah Potter Hope Parker
Ebenezer Blakeslee Isaac Cook
Abigail Blakeslee Isaac Cook
Abigail Nash Isaac Cook
Abigail Beers Isaac Cook
Ira Fancher Maria Cook
Lucilla Fancher Lucy Ware Webb
Douglas C Ladd  
Irving L Ladd  
Allen D Ladd  
Merle G Ladd  
Relationship to Merle G Ladd:
6th Cousin, 4 Times Removed
There was no inaugural ball in 1877--when Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, Lucy, left Ohio for Washington, the outcome of the election was still in doubt. Public fears had not subsided when it was settled in Hayes' favor; and when Lucy watched her husband take his oath of office at the Capitol, her serene and beautiful face impressed even cynical journalists.

She came to the White House well loved by many. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, daughter of Maria Cook and Dr. James Webb, she lost her father at age two. She was just entering her teens when Mrs. Webb took her sons to the town of Delaware to enroll in the new Ohio Wesleyan University, but she began studying with its excellent instructors. She graduated from the Wesleyan Female College in Cincinnati at 18, unusually well educated for a young lady of her day.

Thus she entered the White House with confidence gained from her long and happy married life, her knowledge of political circles, her intelligence and culture, and her cheerful spirit. She enjoyed informal parties, and spared no effort to make official entertaining attractive. Though she was a temperance advocate and liquor was banned at the mansion during this administration, she was a very popular hostess. She took criticism of her views in good humor (the famous nickname "Lemonade Lucy" apparently came into use only after she had left the mansion). She became one of the best-loved women to preside over the White House, where the Hayes's celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1877, and an admirer hailed her as representing "the new woman era."