Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from October 3, 1946, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Justice Frederick M. Miller, until August 31, 1965. For one and one-half years he was Chief Justice.
Born at Knoxville, Iowa, November 9, 1891. His father, Lorin N. Hays, was a distinguished lawyer and former Judge of the District Court.
He was graduated from Grinnell College in 1914, and from Harvard Law School in 1917. During World War I he served overseas with the American forces in France, After his admission to the bar he entered the practice of law at Knoxville with his father. From 1921 to 1925 he served as County Attorney of Marion County. His judicial career commenced in 1932 when he was appointed Judge of the District Court for the then Fifth Judicial District where he remained until coming on the Supreme Court.
Justice Hays died January 15, 1966.