HAY, JOHN MILTON (8 Oct. 1838-1 July 1905), diplomat, statesman, U.S. secretary of state, and historian, was born in Salem, Ind., to Dr. Charley and Helen Leonard Hay. He graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I. (1858), and studied law with his uncle, Milton Hay, whose offices adjoined those of Abraham Lincoln. Hay was admitted to the bar in 1861, and accompanied Lincoln to Washington as his private secretary. He was subsequently given the rank of colonel and assigned to the White House officially as a military aide, serving Lincoln until his assassination. Secretary of State Wm. H. Seward appointed Hay secretary to the legations in Paris (1865-67), Vienna (1867-68), and Madrid (1869-70). Returning to the U.S., Hay became an editorial writer for the New York Tribune. In 1874, he married Clara Louise Stone, daughter of
Dennett, Tyler. John Hay (1933).
John Hay Papers, Illinois Historical Society, Springfield, Ill.