Albert E. Mead
|Albert Edward Mead|
|5th Governor of Washington|
January 9, 1905 – January 27, 1909
|Preceded by||Henry McBride|
|Succeeded by||Samuel G. Cosgrove|
|Born||December 14, 1861
|Died||March 19, 1913 (aged 51)
|Spouse(s)||Lizzie Brown (1887–1898)
Mina Jane Hosmer Pifer (1899–1913)
Mead was born in Kansas on December 14, 1861. There is conflicting information about his town of birth: most reliable sources say it was Manhattan, Kansas, but there is one claim he was born in Ashland, Kansas. He received his formal education at Southern Illinois Normal University and at Northwestern University's Union College of Law in Chicago.
After graduating from law school in 1885, Mead returned to Kansas to practice law for four years. He married Elizabeth "Lizzy" Pauline Brown and they had one daughter, Mary; and three sons, Wendell, Roland, and William. In 1889, he moved to Washington Territory. Mead served as Mayor of Blaine, Washington (1892), as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives (1892), and as prosecuting attorney for Whatcom County, Washington from 1898 to 1903. His wife, "Lizzy", died in 1898, and on May 5, 1899, he married Mina Jane Hosmer Pifer, and they had one son, Albert Vincent.
Mead's election to the governor's office in 1904 over U.S. Senator George Turner was considered a significant upset at the time. During his tenure, he supported legislation establishing a Railroad Commission, and acts establishing a State Bank Examiner, a State Tax Commission, and a State Highway Commission.
- Washington State Bar Association (1913). Proceedings of the 25th Annual Convention. p. 181.
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- Meany, Edmond S. Governors of Washington: Territorial and State. University of Washington (1915). Originally published as a series of brief biographical articles in the weekday issues of the Post-Intelligencer from September 27 to October 22, 1915.
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