Hays, Will H.

Hays, Will H., 1879–1954, American politician and motion-picture executive, b. Sullivan, Ind.; his original name was William Harrison Hays. Hays became active in Indiana political affairs, was chairman of the Republican state committee, and served (1918–21) as chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was (1921–22) Postmaster General under President Harding. As president (1922–45) of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, he administered the motion-picture moral code (popularly called the “Hays Code”), which was promulgated (1934) by agreement of the leading men of the industry.

See his memoirs (1955).

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