Joel Hayden

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Joel Hayden
26th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
Governor John Albion Andrew
Preceded by John Nesmith
Succeeded by William Claflin
Personal details
Born (1798-04-08)April 8, 1798
Died November 10, 1873(1873-11-10) (aged 75)
Political party Republican

Joel Hayden (April 8, 1798 – November 10, 1873), who lived to be (75 years, 216 days), was an American industrialist and politician who served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1863 to 1866.

In 1857, Amherst College accepted a gift from Joel Hayden – a bronze neo-classical sculpture named after Sabrina, Goddess of the Britons.

Hayden owned several business and mills in Haydenville, MA, a borough of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, including a brass factory, gas works, cotton factory, and foundry. He was also a part-owner of the Williamsburg Reservoir Company, which built the shoddy Williamsburg Reservoir, completed in 1866. On May 16, 1874, several months after Hayden's death, the dam failed catastrophically, causing a flood that killed 139 people and destroyed all four of Hayden's factories.[1]


  1. ^ Elizabeth M. Sharpe, In the Shadow of the Dam, Free Press, New York, 2004

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Nesmith
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
William Claflin