John Hay in his twenties, while serving Abraham Lincoln as his personal secretary. He later became Secretary of State under Teddy Roosevelt. Described by a colleague as “quite young, and looks younger than he is; of a fresh and almost boyish complexion; quite a favorite among the ladies, and with a gift for epigram and repartee.”
Abraham Lincoln's law office was next door to the law office of Milton Hay, John's uncle, & Lincoln became acquainted with John Hay. When Lincoln won election as president, his secretary, John G. Nicolay, recommended John Hay to Lincoln as assist private secretary. At 22 he began a lifelong career in gov't Tho a clerk in the Interior Dept he served as Lincoln's secretary til 1864. He lived in the NE corner bedroom, 2nd floor of the White House shared by secretary & former schoolmate…
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John Milton Hay (October 8, 1838 – July 1, 1905) was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln. Hay's highest office was serving as United States Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Close friend of Henry and Clover Adams, and a core member of the "Five of Hearts" circle.
On Sunday, August 9, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, along with his secretary John Hay, visited photographer Alexander Gardner’s new Washington, D.C. studio at 7th and D Street. It was there that Lincoln, who according to Hay was in good spirits, sat for Gardner for the fourth time, producing a number of new likenesses. Nine days after his sitting, Mr. Gardner received a letter signed by the president. (Follow link to read letter.)