|Carl T. Hayden
member of both houses of Congress
Carl Trumbull Hayden was born
in Hayden's Ferry (now Tempe), Arizona, on
October 2, 1877. He attended the local public
schools, graduated from the Normal School of
Arizona at Tempe in 1896, and from Leland
Stanford Junior University, California, in 1900.
Until 1904 he was engaged in mercantile pursuits
and the flour-milling business.
Hayden's political career began
when he was elected to the Tempe Town Council in
1902, upon which he served until 1904. He
subsequently served as Treasurer of Maricopa
County (1904-1906) and Sheriff of Maricopa County
In 1912, Hayden was elected as
a Democrat to be one of Arizona's first members
of the U.S. House of Representatives, and he
ultimately served from February 19, 1912, to
March 3, 1927.
Hayden did not seek
renomination to the House in 1926, choosing
instead to run for the U.S. Senate. He went on to
serve in the Senate from March 4, 1927, to
January 3, 1969. Senator Hayden rarely spoke on
the floor, preferring to work behind the scenes
in committee. Among his most notable achievements
were: co-sponsoring the Hayden-Cartwright Act,
which was aimed at putting unemployed men back to
work during the Great Depression; being floor
manager of the bill that established the Grand Canyon National Park; and, sponsoring the 19th Amendment to
the Constitution giving women the right to vote.
He served as chairman of the Senate
Appropriations Committee from 1955 to 1969, and
as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1957
to 1969. He chose not to run for re-election in
Senator Carl T. Hayden died in
Mesa, Arizona, on January 25, 1972. His cremains
are interred in the family plot at Tempe Butte
Cemetery, in Tempe, Arizona.
Hayden's record of 56
consecutive years of service in Congress remains
unsurpassed to this day, as does his 42-year run
in the Senate.
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