William Henry Harrison Hayes Sr. (United States, 1879-1954)

Figure 1.--Here we see Postmaster General Hayes in 1921. The boys' name was Edwards, but we are unsure just who he was.

William Harrison Hays was born in Sullivan, Indiana (1879). He played an important role in Republican politics. He rose to hairman of the Republican National Committee (191821). And he managed Senator Warren G. Harding's presidential campaign (1920). President Harding appointed him Postmaster General. Until after secure World war II, this was a highly political appointment because of the opportunity it provided for rewarding supporters with government jobs. After only a year in office, Hays resigned to become with the support of the Hollywood movie studios to become the first president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), a position he held until he retired (1945). Hays is best known as the force behind the Hays Code which provided guidelines for censoring American movies. This was something curiously enough that the studios badly wanted. The studios before the Hayes Code had to contend ith a multiplicity of state censorship boards. It was thus very complicated and expensive to prepare films that met the demands of these many different boards. The Hays Code greatly simplified the process.


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