1783 – 1868
Who was Samuel Hays?
Samuel Hays was born in County Donegal, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States with his mother, and settled in Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1792. He served as treasurer of Venango County, Pennsylvania in 1808. He was elected sheriff of Venango County in 1808, 1820, 1829, and in 1833. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1813, 1816; 1823, and 1825, and served in the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1822 and 1839. He was a member of the board of trustees of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1837 to 1861. He served as brigadier general, commanding the First Brigade, Seventeenth Division, Pennsylvania State Militia, from 1841 to 1843.
Hays was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1844. He was engaged in iron manufactures, operating furnaces on French Creek, near Franklin. He was appointed in 1847 marshal for the western district of Pennsylvania. He served as associate judge of the district court in 1856.
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