Samuel Lewis Hays

Samuel Lewis Hays ( * October 20, 1794 at Clarksburg, Virginia, † March 17, 1871 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Samuel Hays grew up in what is now West Virginia in Harrison County. About his youth and education, nothing is handed down. Since 1833 he has been resident in the territory of the later Gilmer County, where he worked in agriculture. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career and became a member of the Lower House of Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Hays was in the 20th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Taliaferro on March 4, 1841. In 1842, his district was dissolved. A candidate in another district was unsuccessful. Therefore, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1843. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

In 1850, Hays was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Virginia. In 1857 he moved to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, where he served as Receiver of Public Moneys directed the tax authorities until 1860. Thereafter, he worked in his new home in agriculture. He died on March 17, 1871 in Sauk Rapids.