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Hayes, Simeon Mills



  • Existence: 1862-1940


Reverend Simeon Mills Hayes was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his BA at Harvard in 1883 and a degree in law from the University of Massachusetts in 1887. He then served as legal counsel for the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota before completing his bachelor and later doctorate of divinity at Seabury Divinity School in Fairbault, Minnesota.

He came to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1907 and served as Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity. At the same time he was made an honorary professor of history, English, and art at the University of Nebraska. In 1917 the university awarded him an honorary doctorate of literature.

Hayes was active in a number of organizations, including the Nebraska Board of Charities, the Lincoln Ministerial Association, the Lincoln Club, and the Nebraska Art Association. He was an avid reader and especially interested in classical Greek and Latin writers.

He died in December, 1940 at the age of 78.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Rev. S. Mills Harvey, History Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-14-14
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of notes, manuscripts, and speeches written by Simeon Hayes; his English translations of classical authors; and notes for lectures on the authority and history of the church.  Hayes' writings, many of which were speeches presented at local clubs, cover a wide range of topics including contemporary politics and society, arts, history, religion, and economics.

Dates: 1909-1938