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Hays, Lawrence Brooks (09 August 1898–12 October 1981), politician and Protestant layman, was born in London, Arkansas, the son of Adelbert Steele Hays, an attorney, and Sarah Tabitha “Sallie” Butler. Although his first name was in fact Lawrence, he preferred to go by his middle name, Brooks. His family took its religion—Baptist—and its politics—Democratic—seriously. Later, Hays would write that his early life was a “quadrangle marked by a line from … home to the public school, to the courthouse, to the little Baptist church, and back to the home.” He attended his first Democratic party convention at the age of ten....