Health and Medical History of President

Rutherford Hayes

President #19
Lived: 1822-1893 Served: 1877-1881

Timeline from 1776: ← 2013

Maladies and Conditions

poison ivy
In the Hayes White House, profanity, tobacco, and liquor vanished. Although the people blamed his wife, "Lemonade Lucy" Hayes, the President took the credit himself. But he could joke about it. Once, when he was red from poison ivy, he made it a point to tell his audience that his skin appeared so, not because he had abandoned his principles, but because of the poison ivy 1a.

Reliability of this information is uncertain. 2
Odds & Ends
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Cited Resources
  1. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.0195029151 Libraries 80-27092. app. 165-166
  2. Dugan, James. Bedlam in the boudoir. Colliers. 22 Feb. 1947; pages 17, 69-70.
    Comment: Credibility is dubious. Just before a list of Presidents, the article states: "Twenty of the 32 Presidents ... are proved or believed on a thick web of circumstance to have been nocturnal nuisances in the White House."
  3. Stoddard, Henry L. It Costs to Be President. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938. Libraries. ap. 198
    Comment: Stoddard was editor and owner of the New York Evening Mail from 1900 to 1925.
Other Resources
Alternate index terms: Rutherford Birchard Hayes
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