President Rutherford Hayes apparently was quite popular with the ladies even going so far as to spread the rumor that he already had a girlfriend to fend off some ardent pursuers. He also vowed to marry by age 25. As he quaintly put it: " Uppermost in the medley of ideas that are rolling about under my hair is that before a year rolls around (he was 24 at the time) I'll get me a wifey."
Meanwhile his mother and Lucy Hayes' mother had made a pact that one day their children would marry. Someone should have told that to Rutherford because he proposed to another woman, Fanny Perkins. He and Fanny could not agree on where to live after marriage. She insisted she had to live in Connecticut, which was her home, and he wanted to live in Ohio, which he called home. They broke up and he came back to Ohio exclaiming: "I could not get her without more feeling and trouble that was to my taste " (Harry Barnard, Rutherford B. Hayes and His America, New York: Russell and Russell, 1967). The total irony is that Fanny eventually married and settled in Ohio! Suffice it to say, Rutherford was not married by age 25.