William Shakespeare Hays

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1837 – 1907

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Who was William Shakespeare Hays?

William Shakespeare Hays, was an American poet and lyricist. He wrote some 350 songs over his career and sold as many as 20 million copies of his works. These pieces varied in tone from low comedy to sentimental and pious; his material was sometimes confused with that of Stephen Foster as a result. In his later years, Hays put forth one of the more plausible claims to authorship of the song "Dixie". In the end, however, no evidence could be produced to back up his pretensions.

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Born
Jul 19, 1837
Louisville
Also known as
  • Hays, William Shakespeare
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Louisville
Died
Jul 23, 1907

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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