Talk:Carl Hayden

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Looking back through the article history, there have been multiple individuals that have added an amusingly worded blurb claiming that Hayden was suffering from senility during his later years in office. My research suggests rumors of this type have circulated since at least the 1956 election when a challenger used them during that year's primary election. Despite a Usenet news posting cited as a source for this information, there does not appear to be any reliable source to support the claim that the Senator had lost his mental faculties, instead there are at least two press accounts showing that Hayden was still in control of his intellect during his later life. The first example uses Hayden as a counterexample to rumors that senior legislators are senile and incompetent.[1] The second article, based on a 1971 interview, reports Hayden's "mind remains as bright as the hot Arizona sun".[2] Given that there are two known press reports showing Hayden was still mentally alert during his later years, with no such reports currently provided countering these claims, verifiability requirements force the poorly sourced rumor of senility to be removed. --Allen3 talk 22:25, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

As mentioned in the article, Hayden spent his last years organizing his papers and penning a biography of his father. Doesn't seem to me like the actions of a senile person. (talk) 02:54, 30 January 2011 (UTC)


  1. ^ Clark, Gerald. (1970-12-14) Congress: The Heavy Hand of Seniority, Time.
  2. ^ Cohen, Jerry. "Carl Hayden—Man of History and Few Words", Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1971, pp. A1,4-5.

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