Sheriff John Coffee Hays Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 27, 1817 in Wilson County, Tennessee
Died: April 21, 1883 in Piedmont, California
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SHERIFF JOHN COFFEE "JACK" HAYS (1817-1883) was involved in multiple armed conflicts from 1836 to 1984, some of which were waged against the Comanche people in Texas during the Mexican-American War. The nephew of Andrew Jackson, Hays was personally recommended by his uncle for service with Sam Houston's Texas Rangers. He was accordingly appointed by Houston to a company of the Texas Rangers and went on to command of the First Regiment of Texas Rangers at the Battle of Monterrey and the Second Regiment of Texas Rangers in the Mexico City campaign of the famous General Winfield Scott. In 1849, Hays was appointed as a U.S. Indian agent for the Gila River country, an area that extended across New Mexico and Arizona. Hays migrated to California in 1850, where he became one of the founders of the city of Oakland. Hays County, Texas is named after him.

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