Ozra Amander Hadley

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Ozra Amander Hadley
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
March 5, 1871 – January 6, 1873
Preceded by Powell Clayton
Succeeded by Elisha Baxter
Arkansas State Senator from Pulaski County
In office
Personal details
Born Ozro Amander Hadley
June 30, 1826
Cherry Creek, New York, U.S
Died July 18, 1915 (aged 89)
Mora County, New Mexico U.S
Political party Republican
Alma mater State University of New York at Fredonia
Profession Farmer, merchant, politician, rancher
Military service
Service/branch Union Army

Ozra (or Ozro) Amander Hadley (June 30, 1826 – July 18, 1915) was an American politician and acting governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.


Hadley was born in Cherry Creek, New York, and was educated in the public schools. He attended Fredonia Academy, now State University of New York at Fredonia.

Hadley moved to Minnesota in 1855, where he was a farmer. While in Minnesota, Hadley became active in local politics and was appointed county auditor.

After the American Civil War, Hadley relocated to Arkansas where he became a merchant.


Hadley was elected by the Reconstruction state legislature as a Republican to serve in the Arkansas Senate from 1869 to 1871; he was elected president of the Senate in 1871.[1]

In 1871, as part of a political compromise (see: Brooks-Baxter War), Hadley was appointed Acting Governor after the resignation of Powell Clayton, a controversial figure associated with the Brooks-Baxter War. Hadley served as acting governor from March 17, 1871 to January 6, 1873. During his term, he sided with the Radical Republicans and denied assistance to re-enfranchised whites.

After his gubernatorial term, Hadley served as registrar of the U.S. Land Office. He was appointed as postmaster at Little Rock, where he served from 1878 to 1882.

Later life[edit]

Hadley moved to Watrous, now a ghost town in Mora County, New Mexico, where he developed a ranch. He died in Watrous in 1915.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arkansas Governor Ozra A. Hadley". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Powell Clayton
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Elisha Baxter