Roland H. Hartley

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Roland H. Hartley
Roland Hill Hartley.jpg
10th Governor of Washington
In office
January 12, 1925 – January 9, 1933
Lieutenant W. Lon Johnson
John Arthur Gellatly
Preceded by Louis F. Hart
Succeeded by Clarence D. Martin
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1864-06-26)June 26, 1864
Shogomoc, Colony of New Brunswick, British Canada
Died September 21, 1952(1952-09-21) (aged 88)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican

Roland Hill Hartley (June 26, 1864 – September 21, 1952) served two terms as the tenth Governor of the state of Washington from 1925 to 1933 as a Republican.

Early life[edit]

Hartley, the eighth of twelve children, was born at Shogomoc in the British colony of New Brunswick on June 26, 1864 (which would become the Province of New Brunswick after Canadian Confederation in 1867).[1] Son of Rev. Edward Hartley and Rebecca Barker (Whitehead) Hartley.

Hartley moved down to Minnesota and started a timber business. In the summers, he worked on developing farms in North Dakota. In 1888, he married Nina M. Clough, daughter of David M. Clough. The couple had three children, Edward, David, and Mary.[2]


Hartley was bookkeeper in Clough Brothers Lumber Company, and became Manager and then Vice President.He was private secretary to his father-in-law, Governor David Clough of Minnesota[3] from 1895 to 1899. From 1897 to 1902, he was an honorary colonel in the Minnesota National Guard.

Hartley moved to Everett, Washington in 1902, and invested in Hartley and Lovejoy Logging Company, The Clark-Nickerson Lumber Company, the Everett Logging Company, the Clough-Hartley Mill, and Everett City Tug Boat Company.[4] He was elected mayor of Everett, Washington, from 1910 to 1912 for one term. He was a member of the Washington State House of Representatives from 1915 to 1916.

When Hartley was elected, in 1925, as tenth Governor of Washington,[5] the gavel used for Hartley's swearing in ceremony was the same gavel used by his father-in-law Governor David Clough of Minnesota for his swearing in. Hartley's major accomplishments during his governorship were the creation of centralized state highway department and new state timber laws. He was the first Washington Republican governor to serve two terms and to run for a third. He was succeeded by Clarence D. Martin.


Hartley died in Seattle, Washington, September 21, 1952 and is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, Washington.[6]


  1. ^ "Roland Hartley, Former Governor of Washington, Dies". The Bee. Danville, Virginia. September 22, 1952. p. 39. Retrieved February 18, 2016 – via 
  2. ^ "Roland H. Hartley". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Roland H. Hartley". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Roland H. Hartley". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roland H. Hartley". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roland H. Hartley". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Louis F. Hart
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Clarence D. Martin