George Washington Hays

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George Washington Hays
24th Governor of Arkansas
In office
August 6, 1913 – January 10, 1917
Preceded by Junius Marion Futrell
Succeeded by Charles Hillman Brough
Personal details
Born George Washington Hays
(1863-09-23)September 23, 1863
Camden, Arkansas, U.S.
Died September 15, 1927(1927-09-15) (aged 63)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Washington and Lee University

George Washington Hays (September 23, 1863 – September 15, 1927) was the 24th Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.


Hays was born in Camden, Arkansas. He attended public schools in Camden and worked as a farmer, store clerk and teacher Hays studied law at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and opened his own law practice in Camden.[1]


Hays was probate and county judge for Ouachita County, Arkansas between 1900 and 1905. Hays served as a judge with the Thirteenth Circuit Court from 1906 to 1913.

When Governor Joseph Taylor Robinson resigned in 1913 to serve in the United States Senate, a special election was held and Hays was elected governor.[2] His administration focused on road improvement and enactment of a statewide prohibition law. The Hays administration also enacted a child labor law and completed construction of the new state capitol building. Hays won reelection in a contested election in 1914.

Hays returned to private law practice in Little Rock after his term as governor, and published several articles in national periodicals, including Scribner's.[3]


Hays died in Little Rock, Arkansas of influenza and pneumonia and is buried in Camden, Arkansas in Greenwood Cemetery.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "George Washington Hays (1863–1927)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arkansas Governor George Washington Hays". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "George Washington Hays (1913-1917)". Ohio State House Museum. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "George Washington Hays". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Junius Marion Futrell
Acting Governor
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Charles Hillman Brough