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Arthur B. Langlie

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Arthur Langlie
Arthur Bernard Langlie.jpg
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
August 9, 1955 – June 24, 1956
Preceded by Robert F. Kennon
Succeeded by Thomas B. Stanley
12th and 14th Governor of Washington
In office
January 12, 1949 – January 14, 1957
Lieutenant Victor A. Meyers
Emmett T. Anderson
Preceded by Monrad Wallgren
Succeeded by Albert Rosellini
In office
January 13, 1941 – January 8, 1945
Lieutenant Victor A. Meyers
Preceded by Clarence D. Martin
Succeeded by Monrad Wallgren
43rd Mayor of Seattle
In office
April 27, 1938 – January 11, 1941
Preceded by John F. Dore
Succeeded by John E. Carroll
Personal details
Born Arthur Bernard Langlie
July 25, 1900
Lanesboro, Minnesota, U.S.
Died July 24, 1966(1966-07-24) (aged 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Washington, Seattle (BA, JD)

Arthur Bernard Langlie (July 25, 1900 – July 24, 1966) served as the mayor of Seattle, Washington and was the 12th and 14th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington from 1941 to 1945 and from 1949 to 1957. He is to date the only Mayor of Seattle to be elected Governor of Washington. [1]

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Langlie was born in Lanesboro, Minnesota. His father, Bjarne Langlie, had emigrated from Norway. His mother, Carrie Dahl, was of Norwegian and Dutch ancestry. He moved with his family to Washington's Kitsap Peninsula at the age of nine. Langlie attended Coontz Junior High and graduated from Union High both in Bremerton, Washington. Langlie graduated from the University of Washington, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity (law degree. 1925). He then became a senior partner in the law firm of Langlie, Todd, and Nickell. [2]

Political career

He practiced law in Seattle for nearly 10 years before winning a Seattle City Council seat in 1935 as a candidate of the conservative and moralistic reform group the New Order of Cincinnatus. He served as mayor of Seattle during the period 1938-1941. [3] He became the Republican candidate for governor in 1940 and won a narrow victory. He is to date the only mayor of Seattle to be elected Governor of Washington. At 40, Langlie was the youngest governor in the history of the state until Dan Evans was elected. Langlie was defeated for re-election in 1944 by Democrat Monrad C. Wallgren but won the office back by defeating Wallgren in 1948. Langlie is the only Washington governor to regain that office after losing it. [4]

In 1952, he was one of five people on the short list for the Republican vice presidential nomination. Dwight Eisenhower instead chose Richard Nixon.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1956. Langlie's legacy as governor included the Washington State Ferries system inaugurated under his administration, additional road and bridge projects, and some of the first environmental measures adopted in the state of Washington.[6]

Langlie left politics after failing in his 1956 campaign to defeat Democratic US Senator Warren G. Magnuson. Los Angeles financier Norton Simon asked Langlie to take charge of the McCall publishing house that Simon had just acquired. In 1958, Langlie was named as the new president of the McCall Corporation [7]



  1. ^ "Washington Governor Arthur B. Langlie". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Arthur B. Langlie". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Berner, Richard C. (1992), Seattle 1921-1940: From Boom to Bust, Seattle in the 20th Century, Seattle: Charles Press, pp. 354–355, ISBN 0-9629889-1-X
  4. ^ "Arthur Bernard Langlie". Washington Rural Heritage. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Richard Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician (Roger Morris. Pg. 726)
  6. ^ Governor Arthur B. Langlie (
  7. ^ Women's Periodicals in the United States - Consumer Magazines, (by Kathleen L. Endres and Theresa L. Luech, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995)

Other sources

  • George W. Scott Arthur B. Langlie; Republican Governor in a Democratic Age (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington. 1971)

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Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Dore
Mayor of Seattle
Succeeded by
John E. Carroll
Preceded by
Clarence D. Martin
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Monrad Wallgren
Preceded by
Monrad Wallgren
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Albert Rosellini
Preceded by
Robert F. Kennon
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Thomas B. Stanley
Party political offices
Preceded by
Roland H. Hartley
Republican nominee for Governor of Washington
1940, 1944, 1948, 1952
Succeeded by
Emmett T. Anderson
Preceded by
Douglas MacArthur
Keynote Speaker of the Republican National Convention
Succeeded by
Walter Judd
Preceded by
Walter Williams
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Washington
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Richard Christensen
This page was last edited on 1 September 2018, at 01:29
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