John Milton Hay

Hay, John Milton


Born Oct. 8, 1838, in Salem, Ind.; died July 1, 1905, in Newbury. N.H. US statesman and diplomat.

Hay was educated as a lawyer. He served as ambassador to Great Britain from 1897 to 1898, and in the latter year he became secretary of state. Hay was one of the chief figures responsible for the imperialistic expansion of the USA around the turn of the 20th century. He helped negotiate the Paris Peace Treaty of 1898, which ended the Spanish-American War. In 1899, Hay proclaimed the Open Door policy in regard to China. He was also associated with the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty of 1901, the Hay-Herrán Treaty of 1903, and the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty of 1903, all of which concerned the construction and status of the future Panama Canal.

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Camp John Hay, for example, is named after John Milton Hay, who was the American Secretary of State when Spain sold the country to the US, sparking the Philippine-American War.
A military camp was named after Secretary of State John Milton Hay. To serve as an official residence of the governor general during summer, Daniel H.