Edward W. Hoch

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Edward W. Hoch
17th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1905 – January 11, 1909
Lieutenant David John Hanna
William James Fitzgerald
Preceded by Willis J. Bailey
Succeeded by Walter R. Stubbs
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born March 17, 1849
Danville, Kentucky
Died June 1, 1925 (aged 76)
Marion, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Louisa Dickerson
Profession printer, newspaper editor

Edward Wallis Hoch (March 17, 1849 – June 1, 1925)[1] was an American politician and the 17th Governor of Kansas. Hoch Auditoria at the University of Kansas was named after him.


Hoch was born in Danville, Kentucky. His education was in the public schools and he attended Central University in Danville.[2] He left college before graduating, entered a newspaper office and spent three years learning to be a printer.[3]

Hoch moved to Marion, Kansas in 1871, and homesteaded 160 acres of land. He bought the Marion County Record newspaper in 1874 and became a country editor. He married Sarah Louise Dickerson on May 23, 1876 and they had four children, two sons and two daughters.[2]


Hoch was elected and served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives (1889–91 and 1893–95). He was elected governor in 1904 and reelected in 1906. During his tenure, many new laws were enacted, including a child labor law, a pure food law, a bank guaranty law, a party primary law, a maximum freight rate bill; and improvements were sanctioned in the juvenile courts and state institutions.[4]

After leaving office, Hoch lectured on the Chautauqua circuit, becoming a well-known orator. He served on the Kansas Board of Administration from 1913 to 1919, and continued as publisher of the Marion Record until his death in Marion on June 1, 1925.[4]


  1. ^ Capace, Nancy (1 June 2000). Encyclopedia of Kansas. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 264. ISBN 978-0-403-09312-0.
  2. ^ a b "Edward W. Hoch". Blue Skyways. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 848.
  4. ^ a b "Edward W. Hoch". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 September 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Willis J. Bailey
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Walter R. Stubbs