Samuel Hays (Pennsylvania politician)

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Samuel Hays
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byWilliam W. Irwin
Succeeded byWilliam Swan Garvin
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 22nd district
In office
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1783-09-10)September 10, 1783
County Donegal, Kingdom of Ireland
DiedJuly 1, 1868(1868-07-01) (aged 84)
Franklin, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Samuel Hays (September 10, 1783 – July 1, 1868) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district from 1843 to 1845.


Samuel Hays was born in County Donegal in the Kingdom of Ireland. In 1792, he emigrated to the United States with his mother, and settled in Franklin, Pennsylvania. 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 for the 22nd district from 1839 to 1842.[1] 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 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. In 1847, he was appointed marshal for the western district of Pennsylvania. He served as associate judge of the district court in 1856.[2] He died in Franklin in 1868, interment in Old Town Cemetery and reinterment in Franklin Cemetery.[3]

Hays' son, Major General Alexander Hays, was a noteworthy Union Army officer during the US Civil War and close personal friend of Ulysses S. Grant.[2]


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Samuel Hays Biography". Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Fleming, George Thornton. Life and Letters of Brigadier General Alexander Hays. Big Byte Books. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Samuel Hays". Retrieved May 25, 2020.


Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1813, 1816, 1823, 1825
Succeeded by
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Henry Humbert Fore
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 22nd district
Succeeded by
Charles Alexander Black
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William W. Irwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

1843 - 1845
Succeeded by
William S. Garvin