John M. Haines

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John M. Haines
10th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 6, 1913 – January 4, 1915
Lieutenant Herman H. Taylor
Preceded by James H. Hawley
Succeeded by Moses Alexander
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
In office
April 6, 1907 – April 10, 1909
Preceded by James A. Pinney
Succeeded by J. T. Pence
Personal details
Born (1863-01-01)January 1, 1863
Jasper County, Iowa
Died June 4, 1917(1917-06-04) (aged 54)
Boise, Idaho
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Symons
Residence Boise
Profession Real estate
Religion Quaker

John Michiner Haines (January 1, 1863 - June 4, 1917) was an American politician from the Republican Party. He served as the tenth Governor of Idaho from 1913 to 1915.


Haines was born in Jasper County, Iowa. His father, Isaac L. Haines, was a Quaker, and his mother, Eliza (Bushong) Haines, was a member of the Christian Church.[1] He completed three years of study at William Penn University in Iowa before withdrawing from school due to poor health. He married Mary Symons on May 20, 1883.[2] Her father was a Quaker minister.


Haines was a bank clerk in Friend, Nebraska until 1885. He then moved to Richfield, Kansas, and was very successful in the real estate industry. He also served as deputy clerk of court in Morton County and was elected Registrar of Deeds.[3] Haines, W. E. Pierce, and L. H. Cox established a real estate business, W. E. Pierce & Company, in Boise, Idaho in 1890. He served as the Mayor of Boise from 1907 to 1909.[4] He was elected and served as Governor of Idaho from 1913 to 1915.[5] During his administration, a workman's compensation bill was vetoed, and a state board of education was established.

Haines lost his bid for reelection and returned to his real estate business.


Haines died in Boise on June 4. 1917. He is interred at the Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho USA.[6]


  1. ^ "John M. Haines". Idaho Genealogy Trails. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "John M. Haines". National Governors Association. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "John M. Haines". Idaho Genealogy Trails. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Idaho Governor John Michiner Haines". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  5. ^ "John M. Haines". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "John M. Haines". Find A Grave. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Pinney
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
Succeeded by
J. T. Pence
Preceded by
James H. Hawley
Governor of Idaho
January 6, 1913 – January 4, 1915
Succeeded by
Moses Alexander