John M. Haines, Governor

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John Michener Haines

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Jasper, Iowa, USA
Death: June 4, 1917 (54)
Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Longstreth Haines and Eliza Bushong
Husband of Mary Haines
Brother of Charles Samuel Haines

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About John M. Haines, Governor

John Michiner Haines (January 1, 1863 - June 4, 1917) was a U.S. politician from the Republican Party. He served as the tenth Governor of Idaho from 1913 to 1915.


Haines was born in Jasper County, Iowa. His father, Isaac L. Haines, was a Quaker, and his mother, Eliza (Bushong) Haines, was a member of the Christian Church. He completed three years of study at William Penn University in Iowa before withdrawing from school due to poor health. He married Mary Symons on May 20, 1883. Her father was a Quaker minister.


Haines was a bank clerk in Friend, Nebraska until 1885. He then moved to Richfield, Kansas, and was very successful in the real estate industry. He also served as deputy clerk of court in Morton County and was elected Registrar of Deeds. Haines, W. E. Pierce, and L. H. Cox established a real estate business, W. E. Pierce & Company, in Boise, Idaho in 1890. He served as the Mayor of Boise from 1907 to 1909. He was elected and served as Governor of Idaho from 1913 to 1915. During his administration, a workman's compensation bill was vetoed, and a state board of education was established.

Haines lost his bid for reelection and returned to his real estate business.


Haines died in Boise on June 4. 1917. He is interred at the Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho USA.

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John M. Haines, Governor's Timeline

January 1, 1863
Jasper, Iowa, USA
June 4, 1917
Age 54
Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA
Boise, Ada, Idaho, USA