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 John Philo Hoyt

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John Philo Hoyt

  • Birth 6 Oct 1841 Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 27 Aug 1926 Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Section N, Lot 0458, Grave 1 (ashes in family plot)
  • Memorial ID 6894608

Arizona Territorial Governor. After serving all four years of the Civil War in the Union Army, he returned to Ohio and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and established a practice in Michigan from 1868 to 1878. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and spent a term as Speaker of the House. He was appointed Secretary of the Arizona Treasury in 1876 and then served as governor from 1877 to 1878. He distinguished himself in Arizona by bringing in railroad extensions, more mining operations, and more business men. When the Idaho governor was removed from office for mishandling affairs during the Nez Perce War, Hoyt was appointed to succeed him, but before doing so, he also had the opportunity to investigate the misdeeds. He determined the governor had been wrongly removed and wrote the president to decline the offer. The president reinstated the governor and appointed Hoyt as an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. He managed a law office in 1887 and when Washington became a state he became a justice on the state supreme court from 1889 to 1897. Then he joined the University of Washington, first by serving on the Board of Regents and then as a law professor.

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  • Added: 30 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6894608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Philo Hoyt (6 Oct 1841–27 Aug 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6894608, citing Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .