Portrait of John Hay
-- American painter
John Hay was the U.S.
From: Brown University
During the month
1903, John Singer Sargent painted John Hay's portrait. In a
written to his daughter, Helen Hay Whitney, Hay wrote facetiously: "It
is an odd thought that most of my reputation will depend on this
The following year, Augustus
Saint-Gaudens began his bust of Hay and completed it just before
death on 1 July 1905. . .
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In July of 1905, John
of 1858, perhaps the most famous Brown graduate of his day, died in
as U.S. Secretary of State. The following year his widow, Clara Stone
presented 400 books and manuscripts from Hay's personal library to
These books, still maintained as a separate collection, contain many
which are inscribed to John Hay.
By the early 1890's,
had so little room for books that lesser used materials had to
stored in the basement. Repeated requests for a new library were
until 1906, when Andrew Carnegie contributed $150,000
a new library building honoring his late friend, John Hay.
A matching amount was raised, ground was broken in 1908, and the new
was dedicated in November, 1910.
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