Thomas G. Hailey

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Thomas G. Hailey
35th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by George Earle Chamberlain
Preceded by Charles E. Wolverton
Succeeded by Robert Eakin
Personal details
Born July 13, 1865
Oregon La Grande, Oregon
Died March 6, 1908(1908-03-06) (aged 42)
Portland, Oregon
Spouse(s) Maude G. Beach

Thomas G. Hailey (1865–1908) was an American attorney and judge in Oregon. He was the 35th Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court in the United States. Prior to appointment to Oregon’s high court he served as a district attorney in Eastern Oregon and as mayor of Pendleton, Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Born in La Grande, Oregon on July 13, 1865, Thomas Hailey was the son of Louisa M. Griffin and John Hailey.[1] After his birth the family moved to Boise, Idaho where Thomas received his primary education before he attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington (at the time both Washington and Idaho were territories).[1] Also in Idaho Thomas’ father John was a politician, stage coach entrepreneur, the namesake for Hailey, Idaho, and served in Congress.[2] Thomas also then attended Washington and Lee University before returning to Pendleton.[1]

Legal career[edit]

From 1889 until 1905 Hailey practiced law in Pendleton, where he also married in 1892 to Maude G. Beach.[1] The couple would have two daughters.[1] Hailey served as both a district attorney in Pendleton for Oregon’s 6th Judicial District and as mayor of the town as a Democrat.[1] In 1903, the Governor of Oregon appointed him to a committee to help devise new laws concerning water rights in the state.[3]

On December 5, 1905, Hailey was appointed by Oregon Governor George Earle Chamberlain to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace Charles E. Wolverton who had resigned to take a federal court position.[4][5][6] Hailey did not win election to a full six-year term and left the court on January 15, 1907.[5]

Later life[edit]

After his time on the Supreme Court Thomas G. Hailey moved to Portland, Oregon, where he died on March 6, 1908.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ Descendants of John H Hailey. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  3. ^ F. H. Newell, ed. (1904). Second Annual Report of the Reclamation Service: 1902-3. Government Printing Office. p. 45. 
  4. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Oregon Governors. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  6. ^ Charles E. Wolverton. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.