John Hay, 1904

John Hay (1838-1905), poet, historian, journalist and diplomat, was born in Salem, Indiana. During the Civil War he served as Lincolnís private secretary and later was appointed assistant adjutant general of the United States Army, on detail to the White House. After Lincolnís death, he edited the ten-volume Abraham Lincoln: A History. In 1897, he became ambassador to the Court of St. James, and served as secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt. He married Clara Stone in 1874. Henry Adams was a close friend, and H. H. Richardson designed adjoining houses for the Adams and Hay families in Washington, D.C. Hay had a summer home, "The Fells," in Newbury, New Hampshire, near Saint-Gaudensí Cornish residence, where this portrait was modeled. "The Fells" is now the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge. Elsie Ward and Frances Grimes assisted in the commission.



Plaster, 25 inches (63.5 cm.) high,
collection of SGNHS