George Washington Hays

George Washington Hays
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)23 September 1863
Camden, Arkansas, U.S.
Died 15 September 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


  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 20 August 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Junius Marion Futrell
Acting Governor
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Charles Hillman Brough
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