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Carl Hayden

Date of Birth:
October 2, 1877

Date of Death:
January 25, 1972

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Carl Trumbull Hayden was an American politician and the first United States Senator to serve seven terms. Serving as Arizona's first Representative for eight terms before entering the Senate, Hayden holds the record for longest service in the United States Congress. He also served as the Dean of the United States Senate, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, and Chairman of both the Senate Rules and Administration and Appropriations committees.

Having earned a reputation as a reclamation expert early in his congressional career, Hayden consistently backed legislation dealing with public lands, mining, reclamation, and other projects affecting the Western United States. In addition, he played a key role in creating the funding formula for the federal highway system. President John F. Kennedy said of Hayden, "Every Federal program which has contributed to the development of the West—irrigation, power, reclamation—bears his mark, and the great Federal highway program which binds this country, together, which permits this State to be competitive east and west, north and south, this in large measure is his creation."

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