John Hay


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Indiana-born statesman and author, as a law student at Springfield met Lincoln, whose assistant secretary he became. With John Nicolay, another secretary, who also served the President until his assassination, he gathered material for Abraham Lincoln: A History (10 vols., 1890). After holding minor posts in foreign legations, he wrote Castilian Days (1871) and Pike County Ballads (1871), dialect poems about the Illinois frontier. He moved in the circle which included Henry Adams, H. C. Lodge, and Clarence King, and wrote an anonymous novel, The Bread-Winners (1884).

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