|24th Governor of Iowa|
January 15, 1925 – January 15, 1931
|Lieutenant||Clem F. Kimball
Arch W. McFarlane
|Preceded by||Nathan E. Kendall|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Webster Turner|
|Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|
January 13, 1921 – January 15, 1925
|Governor||N. E. Kendall|
|Preceded by||Ernest Robert Moore|
|Succeeded by||Clem F. Kimball|
|Member of the Iowa Senate|
October 14, 1875|
|Died||April 6, 1936
Hammill was born in Linden, Wisconsin. He earned a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1897, and practiced law in Britt, Iowa. After serving as a county attorney from 1902 to 1908, he was elected to the Iowa Senate where he served until 1913. In 1920, he was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and was re-elected to that position in 1922.
In August 1923, Governor N. E. Kendall was sidelined because of a heart condition, which led to speculation that he would resign before the end of his term, thus leaving Hammill as Iowa's governor. Although Kendall left the state for an extended stay in Hawaii to recuperate, leaving Hammill as Iowa's acting governor for several months, Kendall did not resign. Kendall did not seek re-election in 1924, and Hammill announced his candidacy for the post.
Hammill won the 1924 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and defeated James C. Murtagh in the general election. He was sworn into the governor's office on January 15, 1925. He won reelection to a second term in 1926 (defeating Democratic candidate Alex R. Miller), and to a third term in 1928 (defeating Democratic candidate L. W. Housel).
Hammill advocated for the sterilization of the unfit.
The following changes occurred during his tenure:
- an office of superintendent of child welfare was instituted;
- banking laws were managed by a state banking board;
- junior colleges were initiated into the public school system;
- the state's highway system was expanded, updated and put under the management of the state highway commission; and
- a constitutional amendment was sanctioned that allowed women to be elected to the General Assembly.
He died on April 6, 1936, in Britt, where he was buried.
- John Hammill, Iowa General Assembly
- National Governors Association profile Archived 2007-04-28 at the Wayback Machine..
- "'Kendall to Quit Post,' is Story; Kendall says No", Waterloo Evening Courier, 1924-08-21 at 2.
- "John Hammill Takes Governor's Office", Waterloo Evening Courier, 1924-08-27 at 1.
- [https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ig1WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IOIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5568%2C3714290 Iowa Executive Urges Sterilization of Unfit to Avert Institutions Being Overcrowded Newspaper The Spokesman Review. Date November 22, 1928.]
Ernest Robert Moore
|Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Clem F. Kimball
Nathan E. Kendall
|Governor of Iowa
Daniel Webster Turner