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Hays, Lee Elhardt (14 March 1914–26 August 1981), songwriter, singer, and political activist, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of the Reverend William Benjamin Hays, a Methodist minister, and Ellen Reinhardt, a court reporter. The youngest of four children, Lee Hays left home at age fourteen for Emory Junior College Academy in Oxford, Georgia, a Methodist prep school from which he graduated in 1930. He had hoped to take a bachelor’s degree, but during the depression none of his family members could help with tuition....


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Walker, James J. (19 June 1881–18 November 1946), Tin Pan Alley songwriter and mayor of New York City, known as Jimmy Walker, was born James John Walker in New York City, the son of William Henry Walker, a carpenter and lumberyard owner, and Ellen Ida Roon. Walker’s father was an Irish immigrant and a local leader in the Tammany Hall Democratic organization. An apathetic student, Walker had a spotty educational record. He dropped out of college and business school before completing a degree at New York Law School in 1904....