Samuel Lewis Hays
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Samuel Lewis Hays
Samuel L. Hays
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Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Braxton, Lewis and Gilmer Counties

December 2, 1850 - January 11, 1852
James Bennett
Jonathan M. Bennett
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Braxton and Lewis Counties

December 2, 1844 - November 30, 1845
Mathew Edmiston
John S. Camden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th district

March 4, 1841 - March 3, 1843
Joseph Johnson
district eliminated
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Lewis County

December 7, 1835 - December 4, 1836
Weeden Hoffman
Thomas Bland
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing Lewis County

December 7, 1829 - November 30, 1834
Serving with Thomas Bland
Gideon D. Camden
James M. Bennett
Weeden Hoffman
Personal details
Born(1794-10-20)October 20, 1794
Harrison County, Virginia
DiedMarch 17, 1871(1871-03-17) (aged 76)
Sauk Rapids, Benton County, Minnesota
Political partyJacksonian democrat, Democrat
OccupationMilitary officer, farmer, politician

Samuel Lewis Hays (20 October 1794 - 17 March 1871) was a nineteenth-century farmer and Democratic politician in the part of Virginia that became West Virginia after he left for Minnesota. Hays served multiple terms in the Virginia House of Delegates and one term as in the U.S. House of Representatives in a district that was eliminated as Virginia lost residents.

Early and family life

Hays was born in Harrison County near Clarksburg in what later became the state of West Virginia. He married Roanna Arnold in 1817. Following Roanna's death in 1841, Hays married twice more: first to Nancy Covert (died 1863) and then to Emma Fletcher.


Hays moved to what was then Lewis County (later Gilmer County) to farm in 1833.

Lewis County voters (and at times those in adjoining Braxton County and later Gilmer County) elected Hays many times to represent them (part time) in the Virginia House of Delegates. Hays was elected as a Democrat to the 27th United States Congress, serving from 1841 to 1843, and made an unsuccessful bid for reelection in an adjoining district in 1842 when Virginia lost a congressman in as a result of losing population in the 1840 census. However, Hays again won election to the Virginia House of Delegates, this time representing Braxton and Lewis Counties. During his Congressional term, Hays sponsored the admission of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as a cadet to the military academy at West Point, and also urged the building of the Parkersburg-Staunton Turnpike. He laid out the town of Glenville in 1845.

Hays, Joseph Smith, John S. Carlile and Thomas Bland also represented Randolph, Lewis, Barbour, Gilmer, Braxton, Wirt and Jackson counties as their delegates to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850, which gave more representation to the western counties.

In 1857, Hays moved to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota Territory. President James Buchanan, a fellow Democrat, had appointed him Receiver of Public Moneys and Hays continued as such until Buchanan's presidency ended in 1860, at which time Hays resumed farming near what was then the administrative center of the new state of Minnesota.

Death and legacy

Hays died in 1871 and was interred at the Old Benton County Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.

External links

  • United States Congress. "Samuel Lewis Hays (id: H000407)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Descendants of Samuel Lewis Hays
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th congressional district

March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843
Succeeded by

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