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Thomas Lawlor Hayes
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Birth: May 30, 1926
Fair Haven
Rutland County
Vermont, USA
Death: May 6, 1987
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Vermont Lieutenant Governor. Hayes served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 as an Infantry and Signal NCO in the Pacific Theater. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 and joined the staff of Senator Winston Prouty, remaining with him for 15 years and advancing to Administrative Assistant. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1955. In 1966 he ran unsuccessfully for Governor. He was the successful Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1968 and served one term, 1969 to 1971. Active in opposition to the Vietnam War, he made national headlines in 1970 when he ordered Vermont flags lowered to half staff after the killing of four students at Kent State University by National Guard troops. In response Governor Deane Davis returned to Vermont from a conference and countermanded Hayes's directive. Hayes ran unsuccessfully against Davis for Governor in the 1970 Republican primary. He later served as Legal Counsel to Governor Thomas Salmon and was appointed a Judge of the Superior Court. In 1985 Hayes was appointed a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, a position he served in until his death. At the time of his death Hayes was one of three Supreme Court Justices whose actions were being reviewed by the state Judicial Conduct Board for alleged misconduct in connection with an investigation into the activities of a former Chittenden County Assistant Judge. 
Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: May 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26999930
Thomas Lawlor Hayes
Added by: Bill McKern
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