Woody Hayes might be the most popular Hayes in modern Buckeye history, but Ohio State’s oldest remaining campus building, Hayes Hall, was named after Rutherford B. Hayes, not the legendary coach.
At the same time Ohio University and Miami University—the state’s two oldest colleges—were jockeying for the land from the federal 1862 Morrill Act, which provided states with 30,000 acres to found or fund institutions of higher education, Ohio governor at the time, Rutherford B. Hayes, fiercely advocated for a new institution, one nearer to Ohio’s legislature. As the fight heated up, Hayes pushed aside opponents and established the new Columbus institution in 1870. While Hayes would go on to set the foundation for social and civil service reform as the 19th President of the United States, he counted the creation of what would become THE Ohio State University as one of his greatest achievements.
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