Hayes, William Henry

Hayes, William Henry (“Bully Hayes”)

(1829–77) trader, adventurer; possibly born in Cleveland, Ohio. The hazy details of his birth and early life are balanced by many stories about his later career as a slave trader, swindler, raider, and confidence trickster throughout the Pacific. He was famous for his undocumented cargoes, braggadoccio, and ability to escape arrest. He was killed by a mutinous sailor.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.