Roland H. Hartley, Governor

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Roland Hill Hartley

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Son of Edward William Hartley and Rebecca Barker Whitehead

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About Roland H. Hartley, Governor

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.


Hartley, the eighth of twelve children, was born in Shogomoc, York County, New Brunswick, Canada June 26, 1864. 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.


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 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. He was elected mayor of Everett, Washington, from 1910 to 1912 for one term. He was a member of Washington State House of Representatives from 1915 to 1916.

When Hartley was elected, in 1925, as tenth Governor of Washington, 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.

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