Biography of O. T. Hayes
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

0. T. Hayes was born in New London, Merrimaek county, New Hampshire, December 2d, 1827. Was reared in his native place and received his early instruction. Early in life he embarked in mercantile pursuits, having three stores, one of which was in his native town. He first read law with Samuel Butterfield of Andover, New Hampshire, remaining with him four years. He was also postmaster and justice of the peace at George's Mills, Sullivan county, which offices he held until coming to Hastings during the fall of 1853. Was practicing law and dealing in real estate; also appointed county attorney of Goodhue county by Governor Gorman. In 1855, was made county attorney of Dakota county, also postmaster. The latter position he resigned soon after. Was one of the first aldermen in Hastings and Mayor in 1860. At the first call for volunteers in 1861, he assisted in raising Company H, First Minnesota Infantry, with which company hewent out as first lieutenant. After the battle of Bull Run, was mustered out on account of physical disability. In March, 1863, was commissioned major of the First Minnesota Cavalry, by Governor Ramsey, serving until mustered out at Fort Snelling in December, 1863. Returning to Hastings he resumed his practice but soon retired in consequence of declining health. He was a member of the legislature in 1863; has been justice of the peace several years; was elected court commissioner in 1880. He was admitted to the bar of supreme courts in 1854, at Hastings, and is now the oldest lawyer in Dakota county. Mr. Hayes has been twice married. Lucina A. Emerson his first wife died in 1858, leaving two children, Henry H. and Lucina A.; his second wife was Mary C. Matthews, married in 1859. Kate and Archie M. are children by his second wife.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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