Hayden was born on October 2, 1877 to Charles Trumbull Hayden and Sallie Calvert Davis in Hayden’s Ferry, Arizona Territory (renamed Tempe in 1878). Charles Hayden was a Connecticut-born merchant and freight operator who had moved west due to a lung ailment and homesteaded a claim on the south bank of the Salt River. Sallie Davis was an Arkansas-born schoolteacher who served as vice president of the Arizona Territorial Suffrage Association during the 1890s.
Carl Hayden was the first United States Senator to serve seven terms.
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