Hayes, Lucy Ware Webb, 1927, Biographical Sketch

A STAUNCH Methodist, as was her husband, the administration of the White House under Mrs. Hayes was marked by more religious devotion than that of any other of its occupants. The day was regularly opened with all the household kneeling at morning prayers, and often the evenings were given over to the singing of the familiar old hymns. The White House went completely "dry," and the President was held up to contempt as a man too stingy to "stand treat," and too weak to resist a domineering wife. During the tenancy of the Hayeses, the Executive Mansion was the scene of the marriage of their niece, Emily Piatt to General Russell Hastings.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 20.

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