Lucy Hayes Cook was a cousin of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, her father, Matthew Scott Cook being a brother of Lucy Hayes’ mother, Maria Cook Webb. Lucy Cook was frequently with the Hayes family for long visits, and when she was married on April 3, 1888, in Chillicothe, the former President and Mrs. Hayes were present. The Hayes children called her Aunt Lucy. In 1880 she was 29 years old.Autograph letter signed as President, Executive Mansion letterhead, November 17, 1880, to Lucy whom he addresses as “Dear Lucy”, urging her to come to the White House. “Mother [First Lady] is very anxious for you to come on here for the winter. She wants you as soon as possible and I want you also. Please come soon. Private. How do you think your cousin May would enjoy it to be here for a short time! It is very dull but looks as if it might wake up later in the season. Answer soon, R.B. Hayes.”Lucy was at the Executive Mansion by January 1881 and was still there in late February. Likely she remained until the Hayeses left the building on March 4. (Inventory #: 11106)
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