Edward D. Hays

Edward Dixon Hays ( * April 28, 1872 in Oak Ridge, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, † July 25, 1941 in Bethesda, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1923 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Hays attended the public schools of his home, including the Oak Ridge High School, where he graduated in 1889. Then he studied until 1893 at the Cape Girardeau State Normal School. The following two years he worked as a teacher. In 1895 Hays moved to Jackson; after studying law and his 1896 was admitted as a lawyer, he started to work there in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. Between 1903 and 1907 he was mayor of his new hometown of Jackson. From 1907 to 1918 Hays worked as an estate judge in Cape Girardeau County. In 1916, he ran unsuccessfully for the post of District Judge. Since 1916 he lived in Cape Girardeau.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Hays was in the 14th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph J. Russell on March 4, 1919. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1923 two legislative sessions. During this time, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages and the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage.

In 1922 Hays was defeated by Democrat James F. Fulbright. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced first again as a lawyer in Cape Girardeau. In the years 1923-1925 he worked as a lawyer for the Federal Ministry of Justice; 1925 to 1933 he worked in the same capacity for the Interstate Commerce Commission. As a result, he practiced in the federal capital Washington as a lawyer. During this time he lived in neighboring Bethesda, where he died on 25 July 1941.