Member Biography

William Hays 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1831-1832       21 Anti-Mason
1832-1833       21 Anti-Mason
1833-1834       21 Anti-Mason
1834-1835       21 Anti-Mason

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


06/27/1774 - 10/24/1848

William Hays (Anti-Mason21) Allegheny County 1831-1835

Early Life:

William Hays, born June 27, 1774, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of John and Jane Walker Hays; family moved, Pittsburgh; apprenticed, tanner, engaged, manufacturer, merchant; trustee, Western University (now, University of Pittsburg) 1818; elected, Anti Mason, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1831-1835; married, Lydia Semple, children, John Hays, Elizabeth Young Hays, Robert Semple Hays, James Hays, William Hays, Richard Hays, Jane Walker Hays Brown, Henry Hays, Charles Hays; died, October 14, 1848, (age 74), Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Pittsburgh tannery was located, Diamond Alley and Liberty Avenue near old Market Square, the streets indicating a demarcation point for a growing leather district. Doing business in today’s Duquesne Borough, business became William Hays and Sons, 1830; Hays and Stewart, employing 14 people, after his death.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Anti Mason, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Allegheny County, 1831-1835.


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

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