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Ozra Amander Hadley
Acting Governor of Arkansas

In office
March 5, 1871 – January 6, 1873
Preceded by Powell Clayton
Succeeded by Elisha Baxter
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from Pulaski County

In office
1869–1871
Personal details
Born June 30, 1826
Cherry Creek, New York, U.S
Died July 18, 1915 (aged 89)
Mora County, New Mexico, U.S
Political party Republican
Alma mater State University of New York at Fredonia
Profession Farmer, merchant, politician, rancher

Ozra (or Ozro) Amander Hadley (June 30, 1826 – July 18, 1915) was an American politician who during the Reconstruction era was the acting governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas, from March 5, 1871, to January 6, 1873.

Early life and education

Hadley was born in Cherry Creek, New York, and was educated in the public schools. He attended Fredonia Academy, now State University of New York at Fredonia. Hadley moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 1855, where he was a farmer and became active in local politics and government, including appointment as Olmsted County Auditor. In 1865, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he opened a general store.

Political career

Hadley was elected as a Republican to serve in the Arkansas Senate from 1869 to 1871; he was elected president of the Senate in 1871.[1] In 1871, as part of a political compromise (see: Brooks-Baxter War), Hadley was appointed acting governor after the resignation of his fellow Republican, Powell Clayton, a controversial figure associated with the Brooks-Baxter War. During his two-year term, Hadley sided with the Radical Republicans during the Reconstruction Era, including efforts to assist former slaves to obtain schooling, own land, vote, and hold office. After his gubernatorial term, Hadley served as registrar of the U.S. Land Office. He was appointed as Little Rock's postmaster in 1878, and served until 1882.

Later life

In his later years, Hadley moved to Watrous, Mora County, New Mexico, where he developed a ranch. He died in Watrous in 1915.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Powell Clayton
Governor of Arkansas
Acting

1871–1873
Succeeded by
Elisha Baxter

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