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Henry Drury Hatfield, Governor, U.S. Senator

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Mingo County, WV, USA
Death: October 23, 1962 (87)
Huntington, Cabell, WV, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Elias Prater "Good Lias" Hatfield and Elizabeth Hatfield
Husband of South Carolina "Carrie" Bronson
Brother of Greenway Hatfield; Wayne Hatfield and Edna Hatfield

Occupation: Doctor
Managed by: David Russell Romine
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About Henry D. Hatfield, Governor, U.S. Senator


Henry Drury Hatfield (September 15, 1875 – October 23, 1962) was a Republican politician from Logan County, West Virginia. He served a term as the 14th Governor of the state, in addition to one term in the United States Senate. Hatfield was nephew to Devil Anse Hatfield, leader of the Hatfield clan.

Hatfield was born in Logan County (present-day Mingo County, West Virginia) on September 15, 1875. He graduated from Franklin College in New Athens, Ohio. He later obtained medical degrees from what is now known as the University of Louisville and later from New York University. In 1895, he married South Carolina "Carrie" Bronson.

He was appointed as surgeon for the Norfolk and Western Railway (1895 - 1913) and surgeon in chief of State Hospital #1 in Welch, West Virginia (1899 - 1913). He entered local politics first as commissioner of district roads of McDowell County (1900 - 1905), eventually becoming member of the State senate (1908 - 1912), and serving as president of the senate in 1911.

He was elected as Governor of West Virginia in 1912. His term was marked by his staunch support of labor unions and worker's rights. At the time, West Virginia governors could not serve more than one term in office, and so following the expiration of his term in 1917, he entered the United States Army as a Major in the Medical Corps, serving as chief of the Surgical Service at Base Hospital No. 36 in Detroit, Michigan.

He was discharged in 1919 and returned to West Virginia. In 1928, he was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican, and served from March 4, 1929 to January 3, 1935. He was defeated in a bid for reelection in 1934.

After leaving the Senate, Hatfield settled in Huntington, West Virginia and established a private medical practice, where he worked until his death in 1962.

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Henry D. Hatfield, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 15, 1875
Mingo County, WV, USA
October 23, 1962
Age 87
Huntington, Cabell, WV, USA