Biography of William Hay
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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WILLIAM HAY.

HON. WILLIAM HAY, was born in Cambridge, Washington county, N. Y., September 10, 1793, a son of James and Katy (McVicker) Hay. When he was a child the family removed to Glens Falls, where he received the limited educational advantages of the schools of the vicinity. He read law in the office of Henry O. Martindale of Glens Falls, and in 1812, after his admission to the bar, opened an office at Caldwell, at the head of Lake George. He served as a lieutenant in the war of 1S12, raising a rifle company through his own efforts. He was also a volunteer in the expedition to Carthagena, in consequence of which he spent a winter in Philadelphia, where he learned the printer's trade.

In 1819 he became the publisher of the Warren Patriot. In 1822 he removed to Glens Falls and was elected member of assembly from Warren county. About this time he issued a small volume of poems, called "Isabel Davolos, the. Maid of Seville." In the spring of 1837 he removed to Ballston, and in 1840 to Saratoga Springs, where he resided until his death, February 12, 1870.

Mr. Hay was possessed of a remarkable memory and was a man of scholarly ability. He was a bold and fearless advocate of temperance, and through the well understood kindliness of his motives and strength of character, commended the love and esteem of all. He was considered a standard authority on American history, and was deeply interested in local history; having in fact collected a fund of valuable historic matter in contemplation of publishing a history of Saratoga county.


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