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Governor Arthur Thomas Hannett

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Office Dates:  Jan 01, 1925 - Jan 01, 1927

Born:  Feb 17, 1884

Passed:  Mar 18, 1966

Birth State:  New York

Party:  Democratic

Family:  Married Louise Westfall; one child

School(s):  University of Buffalo, Syracuse University


ARTHUR T. HANNETT was born in Lyons, New York, on February 17, 1884. His education was attained at the University of Buffalo, and at Syracuse University, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1910. After establishing his legal career in Gallup, New Mexico, Hannett entered politics. He first served as a delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention, a position he held again in 1920. He also served as the city attorney for Gallup from 1914 to 1916; was the food administrator during World War I; served as the mayor of Gallup from 1918 to 1922; and was the special assistant to the New Mexico attorney general. Hannett next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by popular vote on November 4, 1924. During his tenure, revision of the state's election laws was lobbied for; and an official state flag was authorized. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Hannett left office on January 1, 1927. He continued to stay active, serving again as a delegate to the 1936 and 1940 Democratic National Conventions, as well as returning to his legal career. Governor Arthur T. Hannett passed away on March 18, 1966.

Sources:

* Governor Arthur T. Hannett Papers, 1925-1927 (official papers)

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The University of New Mexico

* Finding aid available at New Mexico Commission of Public Records.

For more information please contact the New Mexico State Archives at 505-476-7948 or archives@state.nm.us.