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Painting of Mrs. Hayes and Her Maid

Painting of Mrs. Hayes and Her Maid

Painting of Mrs. Hayes and Her Maid

Painting by Peter Waddell

"The Confidant. First Lady Lucy Hayes and Her Maid, 1879." Lucy Webb Hayes was a popular first lady and officially supported her own interests: children, education, and abolition. Her personal maid Mary, along with Mary's mother Winnie Monroe, were intimate members of the Hayes household and came from Ohio with the family to serve at the White House. A cat named "Siam" was sent to the Hayes children by the American consul in Bangkok; it was the first Siamese cat in the United States.

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