Hay, John – Civil War


This John Hay mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of John Hay and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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John Milton Hay worked on Lincoln’s election campaign and was his private secretary.  He was present at Lincoln’s deathbed and co-authored, along with John Nicolay, a multivolume biography of the president.  It is said that Hay became like a son to Lincoln after Willie Lincoln died in 1862.  After the war Hay found positions in the diplomatic corps, spending many years in Europe.  John Hay worked as the assistant editor for the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley and eventually became the United States secretary of state serving under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.  Hay took charge of the negotiations with Colombia for the Panama Canal and predicted the insurrection of the Isthmus that led to the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, giving the U.S. the right to build the Panama Canal.

This John Hay mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States.  Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.  We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.


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