Marion E. Hay

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Marion E. Hay
Governor Marion E. Hay.jpg
7th Governor of Washington
In office
March 28, 1909 – January 11, 1913
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Samuel G. Cosgrove
Succeeded by Ernest Lister
6th Lieutenant Governor of Washington
In office
January 27, 1909 – March 28, 1909
Governor Samuel G. Cosgrove
Preceded by Charles E. Coon
Succeeded by Louis F. Hart
Personal details
Born December 9, 1865
Adams County, Wisconsin
Died November 21, 1933 (aged 67)
Spokane, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lizzie L. Muir
Religion Presbyterian

Marion E. Hay (December 9, 1865 – November 21, 1933) was the seventh Governor of the U.S. state of Washington.


Born in Adams County, Wisconsin,[1] Hay attended the Bayless Commercial Business College in Dubuque, Iowa.[2] He married Lizzie L. Muir in Jackson on January 16, 1887, and they had six children, Raymond M., Moon M., Edward M., Bruce M., Rance M., Katherine J., and Margaret E.


Hay as the governor of Washington, in 1912

Hay moved to Washington Territory in 1888,[1] where he open a store in Davenport, Washington and owned wheat ranches in eastern Washington and Canada. He moved to Wilbur, Washington in 1889[1] and served two terms as mayor of Wilbur from 1898 to 1902, as well as chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party, and was an alternate to the Republican National Convention in 1900. He relocated to Spokane, Washington in 1908.[1]

In 1908, Hay was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Washington, and he became Governor upon the death of Samuel G. Cosgrove, after only about two months in office in March 1909.[1] He served the remainder of Cosgrove's unexpired term and left office in 1913.[1][3] Focusing on corruption in state government, he called a special session of the legislature to investigate and impeach dishonest state officials.[4] During his administration, the Workman's Compensation law and women's suffrage were enacted.[5]

Defeated for re-election in 1912, he returned to manage his personal business interests and property holdings;[2] and was chairman of the 12th District Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation.


Hay died of a heart attack at his Spokane office on November 21, 1933[1] and is interred at the mausoleum at Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ex-Governor Hay Dies in Spokane". Daily Capital Journal. November 21, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved September 25, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Marion E. Hay". Find A Grave. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Bio Data
  4. ^ "Marion E. Hay". National Governors Association. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Marion E. Hay". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marion E. Hay". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Coon
Lieutenant Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Louis F. Hart
Preceded by
Samuel G. Cosgrove
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Ernest Lister