: As a young man, President Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) was an agent of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Before his election as president, Hayes was a lawyer, soldier and politician. In his legal career, Hayes was often engaged defending fugitive slaves and had an understanding with directors and officers of the Underground Railroad that his services would be provided at no charge.
This cabinet card is from Baker's Art Gallery. The image was collected by Ohio State University professor Wilbur H. Siebert (1866-1961). Siebert began researching the Underground Railroad in the 1890s as a way to interest his students in history. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL03128 Subjects
: Presidents--United States; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights; Underground Railroad--Ohio; Antislavery movements--Ohio--History--19th century; Abolitionists; Lawyers; Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)