Herbert Spencer Hadley was born in Olathe, Kansas, on February 20, 1872. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and his law degree from Northwestern University, before returning to Kansas City to practice law. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Jackson County in 1900, attorney general in 1905, and governor of Missouri in 1908.
During his gubernatorial term, Hadley was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to the creation of the Missouri Department of Conservation. He hosted banquets at his mansion during which prominent Missouri men drafted state-wide hunting laws and conservation practices. Hadley also discovered that the three oil companies in Missouri were actually owned by the same corporation, so he spearheaded the movement to break up the oil monopoly in Missouri.
He married Agnes Lee, a Kansas City journalist, in 1901, and they had three children.
After one term as governor, Hadley moved west to teach law at the University of Colorado. He returned to Missouri a few years later to accept the position of chancellor at Washington University. During his administration, the bear was chosen as the official mascot of Wash U’s athletic department.← Haskell, Agnes Lee Simonsen, Frederica DeWyl →