The surname Hayt was first found in Bavaria, where the name Heidt was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
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Stephen T. Hayt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1860, 1868, 1884; Member of New York State Senate 27th District, 1864-66; Liberal Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1872 
Nathaniel B. Hayt, American politician, Mayor of Newburgh, New York, 1874-75 
Hugh C. Hayt, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896 
Charles D. Hayt, American politician, Justice of Colorado State Supreme Court, 1889-98; Chief Justice of Colorado Supreme Court, 1892-98