Edward R. Hays
Edward Retilla Hays (May 26, 1847 – February 28, 1896) was a nineteenth-century politician, soldier, and lawyer from Ohio and Iowa, who briefly represented Iowa's 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In September 1890, less than two months before the general election, Republican U.S. Representative Edwin H. Conger resigned his Congressional seat representing Iowa's 7th congressional district to accept President Benjamin Harrison's appointment as United States Ambassador to Brazil. Rather than making an interim appointment, Iowa Governor Horace Boies added to the November 1890 election ballot a special election to choose an immediate successor to complete the final weeks of Conger's term. Hays was chosen as the Republican nominee for this special election. After winning the election on November 4, 1890 by 2,560 votes, he served in a second session that began in December 1890 and ended on March 3, 1891.
Returning from Washington, he resumed practicing law until his death in Knoxville, on February 28, 1896. He was interred in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.
- "The Death of Hon. E.R. Hays," Iowa State Register, 1896-02-28, at p. 8.
- Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, 1890-09-30 at p. 2.
- Waterloo Courier, 1890-12-10 at p. 4.
- United States Congress. "Edward R. Hays (id: H000404)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-10
- "Edward R. Hays". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
|United States House of Representatives|
Edwin H. Conger
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 7th congressional district
November 4, 1890 – March 3, 1891 (obsolete district)
John A. T. Hull