Biography of Alexander S. Hays
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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Hays, Alexander S., was born in the town of Galway, Saratoga county, April 1, 1825, and moved to the village of Saratoga Springs in 1846. Since that date he has been a manufacturer and wholesale dealer in confectionery. He is the oldest merchant in that village, in the sense of having been engaged in business longer than any other one now engaged in business. He is a son of the late Stephen Hays of Gaiway; his mother was a descendant of the Alexander family of Scotland, many of whose sons have been famous for great literary ability. Mr. Hays served as assessor, also director of the First National Bank. In political opinion he is a staunch Republican. He has been a member and trustee of the First Presbyterian church many years. He has been twice married; in 1852 he married Maria C. Cook, who was a daughter of Spencer Cook of Ohio. On February 19, 1890, he married Mrs. Eliza C. Pettit, daughter of Hon. John P. Cline of Oppenheim, N. Y. Mr. Hays has two children: Lydia Alexander, a missionary in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Lewis Henry. Lewis H. married Eliza Freeburn, April 29, 1890, and they have two children: Margaret Lydia and Katherine Jean.


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