Oc­to­ber 8, 1838, Salem, Indiana.

Ju­ly 1, 1905, Newbury, New Hampshire.

Lakeview Ce­me­te­ry, Cleveland, Ohio.


Hay graduated from Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land, in 1858, then studied law with future American President Abraham Lincoln; he became an attorney in Springfield, Illinois, in 1861. He was Lincoln’s assistant private secretary until Lincoln’s death in 1865. Hay then served as secretary of the American legation in Pa­ris (1865–67), Vienna (1867–69), and Madrid (1869–70). Upon returning home, he became an editorial writer at the New York Herald Tribune.

Hay re-entered public service as First Assistant Secretary of State (1879–81), and upon William McKinley’s inauguration, was appointed American ambassador to Britain. In 1898, he became Secretary of State, holding that post until his death. He is perhaps best remembered for his Open Door policy toward China.

His works in­clude:

  1. From Sinai’s Cloud of Darkness
  2. Lord, from Far Severed Climes We Come
  3. Not in Dumb Resignation