Thomas Emmet Hayden was an American social and political activist, author, and politician. He was married to Jane Fonda for 17 years, and was the father of actor Troy Garity. Hayden was best known for his role as an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s, authoring the Port Huron Statement and standing trial in the Chicago Seven case.
About Tom Hayden in brief
Thomas Emmet Hayden was an American social and political activist, author, and politician. He was married to Jane Fonda for 17 years, and was the father of actor Troy Garity. Hayden was best known for his role as an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s, authoring the Port Huron Statement and standing trial in the Chicago Seven case. In later years, he ran for political office numerous times, winning seats in both the California Assembly and California Senate. At the end of his life he was the director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Los Angeles County. He is buried in the Los Angeles City Cemetery with his wife, Sandra Cason Hayden, and their two children, Tom and Casey. He died of a heart attack at the age of 80, and is survived by his wife and three children. He also leaves behind a son, Tom Hayden Jr., and a daughter, Casey Hayden, who were both active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) SNCC co-authored the document “Sex and Caste” with Casey Hayden. The document is regarded as a founding document of feminism, in the words of other other SNCC women. Hayden also co-wrote the “Economic Research and Action Project” with Saul Alinsky, which was the first SDS community organizing initiative. The Haydens divorced in 1965, and Casey Hayden went on to become the president of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (U.P.W.A). Hayden died of cancer at age 80 in 1987, and his wife died in 2008.
He had a son and daughter-in-law, Michael Hayden, with whom he was married for 20 years. Hayden is buried at the San Diego National Cemetery in California, with a wife and two children. His son, Michael, is a well-known author, having written several books about the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the civil rights movement. His daughter, Emily Hayden, is an award-winning author and author of a book about the Civil Rights movement, “The New Civil Rights Generation: A History of the Struggle for Justice and Equality” Hayden was a member of the SDS, and served as its president from 1962 to 1964. He served as the president from 1963 to 1964, and later as the vice-president of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) until his retirement in 1968. Hayden’s wife Sandra C Mason Hayden left SNCC in 1963 to join the University of Michigan, where she had been recruited by Alan Haber of the fledgling Students for the Democratic Society. Hayden became a Freedom Rider in 1961, covering the Freedom Rides for the National Student News. In 1961, he was arrested for his part in the Boynton v. Virginia decision. It was from a prison cell in Albany, Georgia, where their ride was to land him, that Hayden began writing the “Port Huron” manifesto. The Statement was adopted at the first Students for Democratic Society convention in June 1962, and called for a “new left” committed to “deliberativeness, honesty and reflection”