Frank L. Hagaman

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Frank Leslie Hagaman
31st Governor of Kansas
In office
November 28, 1950 – January 8, 1951
Lieutenant none
Preceded by Frank Carlson
Succeeded by Edward F. Arn
Personal details
Born June 1, 1894
Bushnell, Illinois
Died June 23, 1966 (aged 72)
Kansas City, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elisabeth Blair Sutton
Profession attorney
Religion Episcopal

Frank Leslie Hagaman (June 1, 1894 – June 23, 1966) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and later as the 31st Governor of Kansas.

Early life[edit]

Frank Leslie Hagaman was born in Bushnell, Illinois to Frank and Hattie Hagaman. The family moved first to Kansas City, Missouri, and later to Rosedale, Kansas. After graduating from Rosedale High School, Hagaman worked as a shipping clerk and would later graduate from the University of Kansas. He earned his J.D. in 1921 from the George Washington University School of Law.

Adult life[edit]

Hagaman served in the 117th Kansas Ammunition Train during World War I and received a Purple Heart with a special citation.

In 1920 he married Elizabeth Sutton of Russell, Kansas. In 1921, he went on to receive an education in law at the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. He then returned to Kansas to establish his law practice in Wyandotte County, where he worked as the Assistant County Assessor.

Political life[edit]

Hagaman was elected to be the Johnson County representative to the state legislature, first in 1939, and was re-elected two more times. In 1948 he was elected Lieutenant Governor under Governor Frank Carlson.

Hagaman entered the Governor's Office when Governor Frank Carlson replaced Senator Harry Darby in the United States Senate. His term in office lasted only forty-one days until he was replaced by Edward Arn.

"Hagaman's tenure as governor of Kansas was what one might call a caretaker administration. During his time in office, a time when the legislature was not in session, Hagaman concentrated almost exclusively on the budget. In an unprecedented move, Governor Hagaman invited Governor-elect Edward Arn to budget hearings. Arn was the man to whom Hagaman lost the party nomination, during the primary election."[1]

Post-political life[edit]

After losing the bid for Republican Party nomination as governor, Hagaman returned to his law practice in Fairway, Kansas. His legal practice allowed him to argue cases in courts in Kansas, Missouri and the United States Supreme Court.

Hagaman died in a hospital in Kansas City on June 23, 1966 and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.[2]

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