George Hoadly

NAME: George Hoadly

BORN:July 31, 1826


(born, New Haven, Connecticut)
family moved to Cleveland, Ohio (Cuyahoga County), approximately 1830
he eventually settled in Cincinnati, Ohio (Hamilton County)


Western Reserve College (Hudson, Ohio)
attended, Harvard

GOVERNORSHIP: 36th governor, 1884 - 1886 (one term)

DIED: August 26, 1902


Hoadly was a lawyer by training. Admitted to the bar in 1846, he worked in prominent law offices in Zanesville and Cincinnati. He became a partner in Salmon Chase's firm. In 1851, he was elected to the superior court of Cincinnati. Twice, Hoadly rejected gubernatorial appointments to the state supreme court. Hoadly joined the faculty of the Cincinnati Law School in 1864.

During the 1883 campaign for governor, Hoadly's task was made easier when the Republican-dominated general assembly passed a law taxing liquor establishments and prohibiting Sunday liquor sales. Many Republicans crossed party lines in protest.

Hoadly, as an individual, had a sterling public reputation. However, his administration was marred by a number of events that tarnished his community standing.

Firstly, Hoadly made use of the state militia in coal mine strikes in the Hocking Valley. Opponents of the decision criticized his reasoning,. while supporters criticzed him for not acting fast enough. On another occasion, Hoadly was chastised for delaying activation of the militia to quell a Cincinnati mob that had burned down the courthouse.

Secondly, the Democratic Party was heavily criticized during a U.S. Senate election conducted by the Ohio general assembly in which Democratic candidate and winner Henry Payne was accused of buying votes using Standard Oil money. Although Hoadly was not himself implicated, he suffered the effects.


NAME: Mary Perry Hoadly



hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio (Hamilton County)


DIED: 1903