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Edward W. Hoch

Edward W. Hoch
17th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1905 – January 11, 1909
Lieutenant David John Hanna
William James Fitzgerald
Preceded by Willis J. Bailey
Succeeded by Walter R. Stubbs
Personal details
Born March 17, 1849
Danville, Kentucky
Died June 1, 1925 (aged 76)
Marion, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Louisa Dickerson
Profession printer, newspaper editor
Religion Methodist

Edward Wallis Hoch (March 17, 1849 – June 1, 1925) was an American politician and the 17th Governor of Kansas.


Hoch was born in Danville, Kentucky. His education was in the public schools and he attended Central University in Danville.[1] He left college before graduating, entered a newspaper office and spent three years learning to be a printer.

Hoch moved to Marion, Kansas in 1871, and homesteaded 160 acres of land. He bought the Marion County Record newspaper in 1874 and became a country editor. He married Sarah Louise Dickerson on May 23, 1876 and they had four children, two sons and two daughters.[1]


Hoch was elected and served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives (1889–91 and 1893–95). He was elected governor in 1905 and reelected in 1907. During his tenure, many new laws were enacted, including a child labor law, a pure food law, a bank guaranty law, a party primary law, a maximum freight rate bill; and improvements were sanctioned in the juvenile courts and state institutions.[2]

After leaving office, Hoch lectured on the Chautauqua circuit, becoming a well-known orator. He served on the Kansas Board of Administration from 1913 to 1919, and continued as publisher of the Marion Record until his death in 1925.[2]


Hoch died in Marion on June 1, 1925. He is interred at Marion Cemetery, Marion, Marion County, Kansas USA.[3]

Famous Quote: "There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us."


External links

  • Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame biography
  • Marion County Record
  • History of Early Marion County Newspapers, 1916

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