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Watson McMillan Hayes

Born: Nov 23, 1857

Death: Aug 2, 1944

Birthplace: Mercer County

Nationality: United States

Watson McMillan Hayes

Date of Birth : Nov 23, 1857
Date of Death : Aug 2, 1944
Birth Place : Mercer County

Watson McMillan Hayes was an American Presbyterian missionary and educator in China. Watson M. Hayes was the son of David Hayes and Margaret Jane Hayes. He graduated from Allegheny College and entered Western Seminary, Pittsburgh in 1879. On August 15, 1882, he was ordained and sent to China in the same year. He taught at Tengchow College and later served as its president in present-day Penglai, Shandong. In 1901, he was invited by Yuan Shikai to organize Shandong College, the forerunner of Shandong University and the second modern university in China. With the backing of Yuan Shikai, he also published Shandong's first successful newspaper and petitioned the Qing court to grant a holiday on Sundays for government schools and colleges; Shandong College was closed on Sundays right from the start. However, by the end of 1901, Hayes and six Chinese Christian teachers he had brought with him had resigned already over disagreements regarding the policy of mandatory Confucius worship for students of the college. After that, Hayes went on to teach at the Presbyterian Mission Theological College in Cheefoo.

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