Edward Retilla HAYS, Congress, IA (1847-1896)


HAYS, Edward Retilla, a Representative from Iowa; born near Fostoria, Wood County, Ohio, May 26, 1847; attended rural schools near Fostoria and Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio; served as a private in the First Regiment, Ohio Heavy Artillery, 1862-1865; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Knoxville, Iowa; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edwin H. Conger and served from November 4, 1890, to March 3, 1891; was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of law; died in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, February 28, 1896; interment in Graceland Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present