Edward Arthur Hayes

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Edward Arthur Hayes (January 5, 1893 - April 1, 1955)[1] was the national commander of the American Legion and longtime activist in Illinois Republican politics. In September 1946 he was named national chairman of American Action.

Hayes was born in Morrisonville, Illinois. He attended St. Louis University and became a lawyer. In World War I he served as an ensign in the United States Navy and in World War II served as a captain. During the 1936 presidential campaign he managed Navy secretary Frank Knox' vice presidential campaign when Knox ran on the Republican ticket with Alf Landon.

In Illinois he ran for state attorney general in 1940 and senator in 1954.


  • How Red is America: Address Delivered at Twenty-third Annual Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, May 1935.