College of Law Class of 1923




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John L. Hays, LL.B.

Whitesburg, Kentucky

ΦΑΔ; ΤΚΑ; Patterson Literary Society; Henry Clay Law Society; Kentucky Law Journal Staff; Varsity Debate (2, 3, 4); Student Speakers’ Bureau; Stroller Eligible

“Red” is a worthy lawyer, who hails from the land of “mountain dew”,

And he is quite an orator, and can preach enough for two;

“Red” will prosecute your claims, if you have the cash to pay,

And if you cause be crooked, he can pray your sins away.

-The Kentuckian, 1923

John L. Hays (April 13, 1898 - June 19, 1968) was born in Letcher County, Kentucky to David Hays and Amanda Belle Holcomb. His father was an attorney in Whitesburg. Hays first graduated from Berea College. He practiced law in Whitesburg after receiving his LL.B. in 1923. He served terms as Letcher County attorney, Whitesburg city attorney, and Letcher County circuit judge. Hays married Vivian Moffett.