Rutherford B. Hayes Collections

Collection ID: HAYES-10
Location: HAYES-10

(Description ID: 594035)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums 

Dalton Smith Hayes 


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The bulk of the Dalton Hayes material was donated to the Hayes Presidential Center by his widow, Corinne Monsarrat Hayes, in 1953. Additional information on Dalton Smith Hayes is available in the Fanny Hayes collection. 

Biographical Sketch
Dalton Hayes was born June 22, 1898 at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio. He was the son of Harry Eaton Smith and Fanny Hayes. He was the grandson of President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1924, Dalton began using Hayes as his surname.

Dalton was a freshman at Princeton University when the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917. He joined the Princeton Battalion headed by Captain Stuart Heintzelman, U.S. Army. Later, he trained with the Princeton Officer Training Corps. On September 10, 1917, he enlisted at Camp Mills, Long Island in the 69th New York Regiment of the famous 42nd Rainbow Division in Co. D 165th Infantry. He served in the A.E.F. in all engagements participated in by his company, until he was seriously wounded on October 14, 1918. Following World War I, he resumed his studies and graduated from Princeton. In 1921, he was employed by the Atlantic Refining Company. He later became associated with the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey in its foreign branch and spent considerable time in Australia, South Africa, Cuba, and Bermuda.

On April 17, 1926 he married Corinne Monsarrat in Columbus, Ohio. They had two daughters, Chloe and Jean. On the outbreak of World War II, Dalton returned to military duty as captain, later major, and served in intelligence. He was active in Portuguese East Africa. He was instrumental in locating a radio station from which German agents directed the destruction of allied ships by German subs. After service in Portugese East Africa, he was Assistant Military Attache at Pretoria, South Africa, and then Melbourne, Australia.

After World War II, Mr. Hayes resumed his association with the Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) at its New York office and remained there until August 1, 1948 when ill health forced him to retire. The Hayeses maintained a summer home at Bryant Pond, Maine. Dalton Hayes died in 1950 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio. 

Scope and Content
The papers of Dalton Hayes consist primarily of correspondence written during his World War I service. Of particular note are the letters he wrote to his aunt and uncle, Maude and Scott R. Hayes as well as those written to Dalton by his father, then serving at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D. C., and his mother, who was staying at Spiegel Grove. Military reports, documents, records, and a diary exist for Hayes’ World War II service. Also included are business papers relating to the Standard Oil Company. The collection also includes photographs of Dalton as a child, a soldier during WWI, a student at Princeton, and a Standard Oil executive. 

Ac. 864
1 linear ft.

Papers, 1917-1950

Box 1

1. Biographical Information about Dalton Hayes
2. Correspondence - 1917-1919
3. World War I - Correspondence & Miscellaneous Material; including Diary of Combat in France
4. World War I Wallet and its Contents
5. World War II - Correspondence & Miscellaneous Material
6. Correspondence - 1924-1950
7. Miscellaneous Material; including book entitled, Little Peoples Bible Story
8. Correspondence to Corinne, Chloe, and Jean re papers on Society of Colonial Dames of America
9. Photographs, 1898 and childhood images
10.Photographs, Princeton Military Camp, 1917
11.Photographs, WWI, Nice, France, (Dalton in uniform)
12.Photographs, Princeton, 1921
13.Photographs, Undated

Box 2

1. Prints - France - Aix-Les-Bains-1918
2. Webb and Mary Miller Hayes & Soldiers (and Walter Hayes?)   France-1918
3. U.S. Official Prints - WWI - Combat and Village Scenes


Dalton Hayes Family Album

Chloe Hayes Family Album