46. Hayes Statue, Delaware

The Hayes Statue is located at William and Sandusky Streets in historic Delaware, Ohio.

On this Presidents’ Day we celebrate Delaware, Ohio’s own President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Hayes, the 17th president from 1877-1881, was born in Delaware and met his wife, Lucy Webb, in the city. They spent a majority of their adult life at their home in Fremont, Ohio.

The house that Hayes was born in was demolished at one point and is now a BP Gas Station about a block east of the statue along East William Street. So in 2017, on what would of been Hayes’ 197th-birthday, the 7-foot and 700-pound statue was unveiled. The Rutherford B. Hayes Heritage Fund Committee raised more than $160,000 for the project.

So take a moment and celebrate Delaware’s president tonight.

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