George H. Hodges

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George Hartshorn Hodges
Portrait of George H. Hodges.jpg
19th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 1913 – January 11, 1915
LieutenantSheffield Ingalls
Preceded byWalter R. Stubbs
Succeeded byArthur Capper
Member of the Kansas Senate
In office
Personal details
BornFebruary 6, 1866
Orion, Wisconsin
DiedOctober 7, 1947(1947-10-07) (aged 81)
Kansas City, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ora May Murray
Professionbusinessman, politician

George Hartshorn Hodges (February 6, 1866 – October 7, 1947) was an American politician and the 19th Governor of Kansas (1913–1915).


Hodges was born in Orion, Wisconsin in Richland County. His family moved to Olathe, Kansas, when he was three years old.[1] He received his education in the public schools. He married Ora May Murray and they had two children.


Hodges had a successful career as a businessman with holdings in the lumber, hardware, and the loan industries, as well as owning a newspaper, the Johnson County Democrat.[2]

Hodges served in the state legislature as a senator from 1905 to 1913, where he was particularly active on the railroad committee in the senate and known for leading the charge for progressive laws for the state of Kansas.[3]

The administration of Governor Hodges brought the following changes:

  • a corporation tax was sanctioned
  • a women's suffrage amendment to the state constitution was authorized
  • the board of administration was granted power to control all state agencies
  • women's roles were advanced in state government.[4]

Hodges was the last governor of Kansas to serve with a Democratic legislature. After losing his reelection bid, Hodges returned to his various business interests as he had established a successful career as a businessman. He was a member of the State Board of Regents from 1925 to 1927. He also served on the State Textbook Commission.[5]


  1. ^ "George H. Hodges". Blue Skyways. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  2. ^ "George H. Hodges". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ "HON. GEORGE H. HODGES". Blue Skyways. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ "George H. Hodges". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ "George H. Hodges". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 September 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter R. Stubbs
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Arthur Capper