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Joel Hayden (April 8, 1798 – November 10, 1873), was an American industrialist and politician who served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1863 to 1866.

In 1857, Amherst College accepted a gift from Joel Hayden – a bronze neo-classical sculpture named after Sabrina, Goddess of the Britons.

Hayden owned several business and mills in Haydenville, MA, a borough of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, including a brass factory, gas works, cotton factory, and foundry. He was also a part-owner of the Williamsburg Reservoir Company, which built the shoddy Williamsburg Reservoir, completed in 1866. On May 16, 1874, several months after Hayden's death, the dam failed catastrophically, causing a flood that killed 139 people and destroyed all four of Hayden's factories.[1]

References

  1. ^ Elizabeth M. Sharpe, In the Shadow of the Dam, Free Press, New York, 2004

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Nesmith
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1863–1866
Succeeded by
William Claflin