John Milton Hay was a personal secretary
to President Abraham Lincoln and served as U.S. Secretary of State
under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt. [More
Hay was born at Salem Oct. 8, 1838, and died July 1,
birthplace, a small brick house on South College Avenue, was built
in 1824 for use as a school building.
Dr. Charles Hay purchased the building in 1837. The family
later moved from Salem to Illinois.
The Hay home was acquired by the Washington County Historical
Society in 1967. The house has been restored and furnished in the 1840
The Hay birthplace has been a National Historic Site
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