Oliver Bliss Hayes
Oliver Bliss Hayes, brilliant lawyer, orator, and clergyman, was a native of Massachusetts, the exact date and place of his birth is not known. He received a liberal education, was admitted to the Bar in Baltimore an came to Nashville in 1808, settling in Franklin shortly thereafter, and is listed as a member of Hiram Lodge #7 in their returns of 1815. He first appeared at Grand Lodge in 1816; was a Charter member and first High Priest of Cumberland Chapter #1 at its organization in 1818; was appointed Deputy Grand Master that year by Most Worhsipful Wilkins Tannehill, and was elected Grand Master for 1819. He was active in Grand Lodge until 1830 and was again present at the Special Communication called by Most Worshipful Wilkins Tannehill, July, 1842. He retired from law practice at middle age and became a Presbyterian minister. His death occurred in 1858.