Frank L. Hagaman

Frank Leslie Hagaman (June 1, 1894 – June 23, 1966) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and later as the 31st Governor of Kansas.

Frank Leslie Hagaman
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31st Governor of Kansas
In office
November 28, 1950 – January 8, 1951
Preceded byFrank Carlson
Succeeded byEdward F. Arn
30th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 1947 – November 28, 1950
GovernorFrank Carlson
Preceded byFrank Carlson
Succeeded byFred Hall
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
Personal details
BornJune 1, 1894
Bushnell, Illinois
DiedJune 23, 1966 (aged 72)
Kansas City, Kansas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elisabeth Blair Sutton
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
George Washington University (J.D.)

Early lifeEdit

Frank Leslie Hagaman was born in Bushnell, Illinois, to Frank and Hattie Hagaman. The family moved first to Kansas City, Missouri, and later to Rosedale, Kansas. After graduating from Rosedale High School, Hagaman worked as a shipping clerk and later graduated from the University of Kansas. He earned his J.D. in 1921 from the George Washington University School of Law.

Adult lifeEdit

Hagaman served in the 117th Kansas Ammunition Train during World War I and received a Purple Heart with a special citation.

In 1920 he married Elizabeth Sutton of Russell, Kansas. In 1921, he went on to receive an education in law at the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. He then returned to Kansas to establish his law practice in Wyandotte County, where he worked as the Assistant County Assessor.

Political lifeEdit

Hagaman was elected to be the Johnson County representative to the state legislature, first in 1939, and was re-elected twice more. In 1948 he was elected Lieutenant Governor under Governor Frank Carlson.

Hagaman entered the governor's office when Governor Frank Carlson replaced Senator Harry Darby in the United States Senate. His term in office lasted only forty-one days until he was replaced by Edward Arn.

Hagaman's tenure as governor of Kansas was what one might call a caretaker administration. During his time in office, a time when the legislature was not in session, Hagaman concentrated almost exclusively on the budget. In an unprecedented move, Governor Hagaman invited Governor-elect Edward Arn to budget hearings. Arn was the man to whom Hagaman lost the party nomination, during the primary election.[1]

Post-political lifeEdit

After losing the bid for Republican Party nomination as governor, Hagaman returned to his law practice in Fairway, Kansas. His legal practice allowed him to argue cases in courts in Kansas, Missouri and the United States Supreme Court.

Hagaman died in a hospital in Kansas City on June 23, 1966, and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.[2]


  1. ^ "Governor Records - Hagaman, 1950 -1951 - Kansas Historical Society".
  2. ^ Political Graveyard
Political offices
Preceded by
Jess C. Denious
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by