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Thomas R. Hays



Session Office Position District Party
1909-1910 41 Republican
1911-1912 41 Republican
 Counties   Armstrong, Butler


01/19/1840 - 02/29/1920

Corporal Thomas R. Hays (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1909-1912

Early Life: 

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.

 Early Career:

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.

Pennsylvania Politics:

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:



Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). (1912). The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1004, 1011-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 981.