Louis F. Hart
|Louis F. Hart|
|9th Governor of Washington|
June 14, 1919 – January 12, 1925
|Lieutenant||William J. Coyle (1921–1925)|
|Preceded by||Ernest Lister|
|Succeeded by||Roland H. Hartley|
|7th Lieutenant Governor of Washington|
1913 – June 14, 1919
|Preceded by||Marion E. Hay|
January 4, 1862|
High Point, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 4, 1929
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Louis Folwell Hart (January 4, 1862 – December 4, 1929) was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of the state of Washington and was the ninth Governor of Washington State from 14 June 1919 to 12 January 1925. He is most remembered for reorganizing the state's administrative structure by reducing the number of agencies and the consequent financial economies.
Hart was born in High Point, Missouri and studied law in Missouri. He married Ella James on 9 February 1881 in Missouri and over the course of years they had five children, three sons and two daughters,
Lured by the frontier, Hart and his wife moved to Snohomish, Washington in the late-1880s, where he practiced law. In 1899 they moved to Tacoma where he continued to practice law and was an insurance agent.
During World War I Hart served chairman of the Selective Service Appeals Board for Southwest Washington. Hart became governor when the then governor Ernest Lister retired in 1919 due to failing health.
Hart was elected governor in his own right in 1920. Hart was instrumental in getting new road projects through the state legislature and strongly supported the creation of a state highway patrol. He oversaw the construction of a new State Capitol complex. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was reorganizing the state's administrative structure, reducing the number of administrative agencies from 75 to 10.
Hart did not run for reelection in 1924, but instead retired to Tacoma where he practiced law, and served as the president of the State Good Roads Association.
- Staff (5 December 1929) "Death Summons Louis F. Hart: Life was Eventful" Centralia Daily Chronicle 38(280): p. 1, 8
- Staff (18 December 1930) "Wife of Former Governor Passes" Centralia Daily Chronicle 39(300): p. 1
- "Gubernatorial Spoon River" Time Magazine 13 October 1924
- "Louis E. Hart". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Washington Governor Louis Folwell Hart". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Louis E. Hart". Find A Grave. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
Further reading 
- Sobel, Robert, and Raimo, John (eds.) (1978) Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Vol. 4. Meckler Books, Westport, CT, ISBN 0-930466-00-4
- White, J.T. (ed.) (1933) The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, being the history of the United States Vol. 23. James T. White & Company, New York, OCLC 64067983
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