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HAYS, Charles, a Representative from Alabama; born at Hays Mount, near Boligee,
Greene County, Ala., February 2, 1834; completed preparatory studies under
private teachers; attended the University of Georgia at Athens and the
University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was a cotton planter and also
engaged in other agricultural pursuits; was a delegate to the Democratic
National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; during the Civil War was a major in
the Confederate Army; member of the constitutional convention of Alabama in
1867; served in the State senate in 1868; elected as a Republican to the
Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3,
1877); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Forty-third Congress); died at his
home, Myrtle Hall, in Greene County, Ala., June 24, 1879; interment in the
family cemetery, Hays Mount plantation.
BibliographyRogers, William Warren, Jr.
Black-Belt Scalawag: Charles Hays and Southern Republicans During
Reconstruction. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993.