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Name:  John Hay  

Pen Name: John M. Hay, John Milton Hay

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: October 8, 1838 in Salem, Indiana


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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