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William H. Hays (1921–1922) - Postmaster General

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William Harrison Hays was born in Sullivan, Indiana, on November 5, 1879. Hays studied law and became a lawyer and Republican activist. He served as chairman of the Indiana Republican State Committee (1918-1921) and of the Republican National Committee (1918-1921).President Warren G. Harding appointed him postmaster general in 1921, and Hays remained in that position until 1922. He then became president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, and he proposed and administered the "Hays Code" to ensure that films maintain a particular moral standard. Hays died on March 7, 1954.

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Eugene Trani

Dr. Trani is the former president of Virginia Commonwealth University. His writings include:

Presidency of Warren G. Harding (part of the American Presidency Series, co-authored with David L. Wilson, The Regents Press of Kansas, 1977; second printing, 1985; third printing, 1989)

The First Cold War: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson in U.S.-Soviet Relations (Co-authored with Donald E. Davis, published in English by University of Missouri Press, 2002; in Russian by Olma-Press Publishing House, 2002; in Chinese by Peking University Press, 2007)