The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of Rutherford B. Hayes, beginning with his childhood in Delaware, Ohio. Information about Hayes's education at Kenyon College and Harvard Law School, and his early career as a lawyer is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years at Spiegel Grove and his support of the Slater Fund is highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Hayes's military service during the American Civil War and his political career as a Radical Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he voted for the Freedmen's Bureau Act, the Fourteenth Amendment, the Reconstruction Acts, and the Tenure of Office Act, and as governor of Ohio. Finally, students will explore key events from Republican president Hayes's administration, including civil service reforms, the end of Reconstruction, and the passage of the Bland-Allison Act. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.