William B. Hays
The Honorable William B. Hays
A failed meatpacker, Hays became a part of the ring and held a variety of posts, including Deputy Sheriff, member of the Board of Health, and Chief City Assessor. When the Bigelow brothers went over to the Quay faction, Hays went with them. Hays the bolted from the Bigelow-Quay group and joined the Citizens Reform Party and finally the Democratic Party. He beat the Quay candidate for Recorder and assumed the office upon the death of Recorder Brown. By the time his term began, Legislators tried to end the battle by renaming the office, Mayor. During his term the neighborhoods of Esplen and Elliott were annexed.