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Name:  John Hay  

Pen Name: John M. Hay, John Milton Hay

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Audience: Adult;

Born: October 8, 1838 in Salem, Indiana

Died: July 1, 1905 in Newbury, New Hampshire


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Illinois Connection

Hay lived in Warsaw, Illinois and practiced Law in Springfield. He was also a personal secretary and biographer for Abraham Lincoln.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Hay was a journalist and statesman. He is probably best known as one of Lincoln's two private secretaries. After Lincoln's death, he later served as editor of the New York Tribune. He was noted for his speech writing and delivery.Hay was a graduate of Illinois State University and of Brown University in 1858. He was a diplomat stationed in Paris, Madrid and Vienna and was Ambassador to England from 1897 to 98 under President William McKinley. He was also the 37th US Secretary of State.


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Titles At Your Library

Abraham Lincoln. A history: Volume 1
ISBN: 0543677729

Adamant Media Corporation. 2002

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1890 edition by the Century Co., New York.

Abraham Lincoln: A History (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
ISBN: 1406544078

Dodo Press. 2007

The official biography of Abraham Lincoln, who was the sixteenth President of the United States of America. It is a definitive resource on Lincoln and his times, and was written by John Hay and John George Nicolay. John Milton Hay (1838-1905) was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln. Hay was born in Salem, Indiana, of Scottish ancestry, raised in Warsaw, Illinois, and educated at Brown University (1858), where he joined Theta Delta Chi. In 1861 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He began his public career as a secretary to Abraham Lincoln at age 22, while technically a clerk in the Interior Department. Hay was present when President Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theatre. Hay and John G. Nicolay wrote a formal 10-volume biography of Lincoln and prepared an edition of his collected works. He was the author of Castilian Days (1871), Pike County Ballads and Other Poems (1871), The Bread-Winners (1884), Abraham Lincoln: A History (1890), and Poems (1897). John George Nicolay (1832-1901) was an American (German born) biographer and secretary of Abraham Lincoln. In 1838, he immigrated to the United States with his father, attended school in Cincinnati, and later went to Illinois, where he edited the Pike County Free Press at Pittsfield. Then he became assistant to the Secretary of state of Illinois and while in this position met Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol. I (in 10 Volumes) (Cosimo Classics)
ISBN: 1605206687

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume One covers: • the Lincoln lineage from the late 18th century • Lincoln's boyhood in Kentucky and Indiana • his experience in the legislature and his early law practice • Lincoln's early opposition to slavery • "The Shields Duel" • the campaign for Congress • "civil war" in Kansas • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.II (in 10 Volumes) (Cosimo Classics)
ISBN: 1605206709

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Two covers: • the conventions of 1856 • "Congressional ruffianism" • Dred Scott • the Lincoln-Douglas debates • Lincoln's Ohio speeches • the Cooper Institute speech • the presidential election • beginnings of rebellion • the "Forty Muskets" • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.III (in 10 Volumes) (Cosimo Classics)
ISBN: 1605206725

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Three covers: • South Carolina's secession • Fort Sumter • Anderson's truce • the military situation at Charleston • the cotton "republics" • Lincoln's "secret night journey" • the inauguration • Lincoln's cabinet • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.IV (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206741

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Four covers: • Fort Pickens reinforced • the fall of Sumter • the national uprising • Washington in danger • rebellious Maryland • European neutrality • McClellan and Grant • Bull Run • the Army of the Potomac • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.V (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206768

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Five covers: • "the Trent affair" • Grant and Thomas in Kentucky • Lincoln's plans of campaign • Manassas evacuated • the "Monitor" and "Merrimac" • Farragut's victory • the Shiloh campaign • Yorktown • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.VI (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206784

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Six covers: • diplomacy of 1862 • Antietam • Emancipation • the removal of McClellan • Fredericksburg • Seward and Chase • Perryville and Murfreesboro • Lincoln and the churches • Negro soldiers • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.VII (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206806

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Seven covers: • the enrollment and the draft • the Lincoln-Seymour correspondence • Chancellorsville • the campaign of the bayous • the invasion of Pennsylvania • Gettysburg • Vicksburg • the defeat of the Peace Party at the polls • prisoners of war • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.VIII (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206822

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Eight covers: • conspiracies in the North • habeas corpus • Chickamauga • Chattanooga • Burnside in Tennessee • the Gettysburg address • foreign relations in 1863 • Grant general-in-chief • Spotsylvania • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.IX (in 10 Volumes)
ISBN: 1605206849

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Nine covers: • Sherman's campaign to the Chattahoochee • the Cleveland convention • the Wade-Davis manifesto • the last days of the rebel navy • Horace Greeley's peace mission • Atlanta • Sheridan in the Shenandoah • Cedar Creek • Lincoln reelected • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).

Abraham Lincoln: A History, Vol.X (in 10 Volumes) (Cosimo Classics)
ISBN: 1605206865

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly. Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations. Volume Ten covers: • Franklin and Nashville • the Thirteenth Amendment • the Hampton Roads conference • the second inaugural • Appomattox • the fall of the rebel capital • the capture of Jefferson Davis • the assassination • and much more. American journalist and statesman JOHN MILTON HAY (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the *New York Tribune* and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley. American author JOHN GEORGE NICOLAY (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. He also wrote *Campaigns of the Civil War* (1881).