Lucille "Lucy" Hayes (1831-89) was an American first lady (1877-81) and the wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States. The well-educated Lucy was the first first lady to have graduated from college, receiving her degree from Wesleyan Female College. Her decision to ban alcohol from White House events earned her the nickname "Lemonade Lucy" from her critics, but she was a popular first lady, and her public support and dedication to a variety of causes, including adequate funding for mental health care and education, set a standard for political activity among first ladies.
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In December 1877, Lucy and Rutherford Hayes celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in a ceremony held at the White House less than a year after Rutherford had been sworn in as president.
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