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Elihu Watts Hayes

Elihu Watts Hayes was born in West Lebanon, Maine, October 23, 1857.  His early education was secured in the public schools, and he afterwards took a classical course in the West Lebanon Academy.

     After graduation, he entered the mercantile life in North Lebanon, remaining in that town until 1882, when the larger West called him.

     He located in Kansas City in 1882, and has been a steady resident ever since, being continuously engaged in the real estate and building business.

     Always a Democrat and an active worker for the party's success, Mr. Hayes was given the nomination for County Collector in 1890, and elected by a handsome majority.  He served the four years' term, and then returned to his private business.  He has served at different times on the City, County, and Congressional Committees, and is a strong man politically.

     Mr. Hayes is a thirty-second degree Mason.  He was married in 1882 to Miss Annie E. Jones, of North Lebanon, and is the father of three children, Bessie C., Victor E., and Mable A.
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