Presidential home restoration dedicated to Congressman’s memory

Posted Sep 20th, 2007 by Nancy Kleinhenz  Category: General News


FREMONT – The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is dedicating its plan to Restore the President’s House to the memory of the Honorable Paul E. Gillmor.
Congressman Gillmor passed away suddenly on September 5. He was devoted to all residents of Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, and was an especially dear friend of the Hayes Presidential Center.

It was through Congressman Gillmor’s efforts that the Center was able to receive the federal appropriation that is making possible restoration of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The project is the largest undertaking in the Center’s history. It involves returning seven areas within the house to their appearance during President Hayes’ lifetime.

Congressman Gillmor recognized the Hayes Home’s importance as an educational vehicle as well as its significance as a national historic site. A native of nearby Old Fort, Ohio, the Congressman frequently brought his young family to visit the Hayes Home and Museum. They were annual participants in a number of special events.

His commitment to the Hayes Presidential Center extends beyond his lifetime. Congressman Gillmor designated the Hayes Presidential Center as a recipient of memorial donations made in his name. Not only will all such donations be earmarked for the plan to Restore the President’s House, but also the project is to be a tribute to the truly Honorable Paul E. Gillmor.

Information about the plan to Restore the President’s House or the tribute to the Honorable Paul E. Gillmor is available by contacting Kathy Boukissen 419-332-2081, ext. 26, or via email at

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. For more information call 419-332-2081 (in Fremont) or 800-998-PRES (out of town). The Hayes Presidential Center website also has updates concerning events.

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