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Samuel HAYS

(1783-1868)

HAYS, Samuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in County Donegal, Ireland, September 10, 1783; immigrated to the United States with his mother, who settled in Franklin, Venango County, Pa., in 1792; treasurer of Venango County in 1808; elected sheriff of Venango County in 1808, 1820, 1829, and in 1833; member of the State house of representatives in 1813, 1816; 1823, and 1825; served in the State senate in 1822 and 1839; member of the board of trustees of Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., 1837-1861; served as brigadier general, commanding the First Brigade, Seventeenth Division, Pennsylvania State Militia, 1841-1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; engaged in iron manufactures, operating furnaces on French Creek, near Franklin; appointed in 1847 marshal for the western district of Pennsylvania; associate judge of the district court in 1856; died in Franklin, Pa., July 1, 1868; interment in Old Town Cemetery, reinterment in New Franklin Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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