Backed by Faubus' allies Alford won in a major upset by just over 1200 votes (51–49 percent). Post-congressional career
After leaving office Hays was elected to serve as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention for its 1957-1958 term. Hays became professor of political science at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University and a visiting professor of government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Brooks Hays was born in London Pope County Arkansas on August 9 1898. In 1953 Hays sponsored House Resolution 60 to create within the Capitol building “a place of retreat as an encouragement to prayer.