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Robert Helton Hays, LL.B.

Winchester, Kentucky

Alpha Delta Sigma; A.B. Yale, 1918.

Now Bob is sure some talker, A graduate of Yale; He always likes to argue, In this he’ll never fail.

-The Kentuckian, 1921

Robert Helton Hays, Sr. (May 30, 1897 - June 15, 1979) was born in Barbourville, Kentucky to Joseph Smith Hays and Ella Helton. Hays graduated from Yale University in 1918. He served as a public school teacher before receiving his LL.B. from the University of Kentucky in 1921. Hays worked as general counsel for the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-op Association from 1924-1929 and for a bank from 1929-1935. In 1935, he entered private practice in Lexington. Hays married Mary Elizabeth Davis in 1924.