Frank Leslie Hagaman (June 1, 1894-June
Frank Leslie Hagaman (June 1, 1894-June 23, 1966)
was an American lawyer and politician. He served as Lieutenant Governor and later as thirty-first Governor of Kansas.
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 high school, Hagaman worked as a shipping clerk and would later graduate from the University of Kansas and
The George Washington University.
Hagaman served in the
117th Kansas Ammunition Traina 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.
Hagaman was elected
to be the Johnson County representative to the state legislature, first in 1939, and was re-elected two more times. In 1948
he was elected Lieutenant Governor under Governor Frank Carlson. He 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.
Kansas State records are quoted as saying that "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 unprecidented 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."
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.
He died in a hospital in Kansas City on June 23, 1966 and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.