Corporal Thomas R. Hays (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1909-1912
Corporal Thomas R. Hays, born, January 19, 1840 at Brady’s Bend, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; son of Robert and Deborah J. McKee Hays; attended public and private schools; teacher, Watersonville; corporal, Civil War, 1861-1864; married Keziah J. Foster; horse and cattle farmer; engaged, oil, real estate, and banking business; elected, school director, Fairview Township (5 terms); elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1903-1908; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1909-1912; died, February 29, 1920, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania; interment, North Side Cemetery, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania.
Enlisted, Corporal, September 24, 1861, Company B, 103rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, three-year service; deployed to Fortress Monroe, June 1862; action at Williamsburg, Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, and Malvern Hill, transferred, Battery L, 4th United States Light Artillery, June 1862, destroyed the Petersburg Railroad; joined Grant at Gaines Farm; Chickahominy; Cold Harbor; and Petersburg Campaign, Battery dismounted, November 13, 1864, Petersburg.
Returned to farming and bred cattle and horses before pursuing oil, real estate, and banking interests.
Served, Fairview Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, school director, five-terms.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1902-1908.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 41st district, Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1909-1912; committee assignments Exposition Affairs, Judicial Affairs, Library and Military Affairs.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
The Pennsylvania Manual, (1912). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1004, 1010-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 981.