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Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel Hays


Session Position District Party
1839 22 Democrat
1841 22 Democrat
 Counties   Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Warren


1783 - 1868

Samuel Hays was born in County Donegal, Ireland, September 10, 1783; immigrated to the United States with his mother, who settled in Franklin, Venango County, Pa., in 1792; treasurer of Venango County in 1808; elected sheriff of Venango County in 1808, 1820, 1829, and in 1833; member of the state House of Representatives, 1813, 1816, 1823 and 1825; served in the state Senate in 1839; member of the board of trustees of Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., 1837-1861; served as brigadier general, commanding the First Brigade, Seventeenth Division, Pennsylvania State Militia, 1841-1843; elected to Congress, 1843-1845; pursued the iron furnace business on French Creek, near Franklin, PA;  appointed in 1847 US Marshal for the western district of Pennsylvania; associate judge of the district court in 1856; died in Franklin, Pa., July 1, 1868; interred in Old Town Cemetery; reinterred in New Franklin Cemetery.
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