Member Biography

James Wilson Hays 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1876       40 Democrat
1877       40 Democrat
1878       40 Democrat

COUNTIES: Fayette, Greene  


12/21/1817 - 11/11/1902

James Wilson Hays (D40) Fayette and Greene Counties 1876-1878

Early Life:

James Wilson Hays, born December 21, 1817, Waynesburg, Greene County, son of William Thompson and Sarah Wilson Hayes; attended common school education; editor, Waynesburg Messenger, fifty years; married, Hannah Minor, 1842, children, William Thompson Hays, Abia Minor Hays, Frances Henrietta Hays Ferrell, Jesse Lazear Hays; collector of tolls, Pennsylvania Canal, 1850; engaged, mercantile business; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1876-1878; died, November 11, 1902, (aged 84); interment Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointment, President Franklin Pierce, Washington, Post Office Department, three years. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Fayette and Greene Counties, 1876-1878; committee assignments, Accounts, Pensions and Gratuities, Public Buildings


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members H"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1878) Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 657, 662-665, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 622. 

The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 14, 1902, page 2.

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