Friday, December 14, 2007
The President Born in a Gas Station
for 18 years, I lived in Delaware County just a few miles from the county seat, Delaware.
Delaware most favorite son became a President of the United States. In one of our most odd elections, Rutherford B. Hayes was selected by Congress to be the President after losing the popular vote by almost 300,000 ballots.
All that marks Hayes boyhood home is this marker sitting in front of a BP gasoline station on East William Street just east of the main downtown intersection in Delaware.
After growing up, Hayes spent most of his adult time at his Speigal Grove home in Fremont, Ohio not far from Lake Erie.