William B. Hays
|William B. Hays|
Portrait of William B. Hays,
|41st Mayor of Pittsburgh|
|Preceded by||Joseph O. Brown|
|Succeeded by||George W. Guthrie|
|Born||January 12, 1844|
|Died||September 16, 1912(aged 68)|
William Bratton Hays (January 12, 1844 – September 16, 1912) served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from March 15, 1903 to 1906.
Hays first served in government as city assessor.
He was appointed the mayor of Pittsburgh by the Pennsylvania Governor after Mayor Diehl's corruption scandal. During his service the governor re-installed elections in the city and he was subsequently voted in as mayor.
Hays presided over some of Pittsburgh's greatest feats and also one of its greatest disasters. The Pittsburgh Pirates went to the first ever World Series in 1903, and the film industry's first Nickelodeon movie theater was opened on Smithfield Street in 1905. Hays though also had to contend with the devastating city hall fire making the government home a total loss and destroying many records and documents in the process.
Joseph O. Brown
| Mayor of Pittsburgh
George W. Guthrie