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
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.