Albert E. Mead

Albert Edward Mead
5th Governor of Washington
In office
January 9, 1905  January 27, 1909
Preceded by Henry McBride
Succeeded by Samuel G. Cosgrove
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born December 14, 1861
Manhattan, Kansas
Died March 19, 1913 (aged 51)
Bellingham, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lizzie Brown (1887–1898)
Mina Jane Hosmer Pifer (1899–1913)

Albert Edward Mead (December 14, 1861 – March 19, 1913) was the fifth Governor of Washington, serving in that position from 1905 to 1909.[1]


Mead was born in Kansas on December 14, 1861. There is conflicting information about his town of birth: most reliable sources say it was Manhattan, Kansas, but there is one claim he was born in Ashland, Kansas.[1][2] He received his formal education at Southern Illinois Normal University and at Northwestern University's Union College of Law in Chicago.[2]


After graduating from law school in 1885, Mead returned to Kansas to practice law for four years. He married Elizabeth "Lizzy" Pauline Brown and they had one daughter, Mary; and three sons, Wendell, Roland, and William.[3] In 1889, he moved to Washington Territory. Mead served as Mayor of Blaine, Washington (1892), as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives (1892), and as prosecuting attorney for Whatcom County, Washington from 1898 to 1903. His wife, "Lizzy", died in 1898, and on May 5, 1899, he married Mina Jane Hosmer Pifer, and they had one son, Albert Vincent.

Mead's election to the governor's office in 1904 over U.S. Senator George Turner was considered a significant upset at the time.[4] During his tenure, he supported legislation establishing a Railroad Commission, and acts establishing a State Bank Examiner, a State Tax Commission, and a State Highway Commission.[5]

After his term as governor ended, Mead moved to Bellingham, Washington, where he returned to private practice as a lawyer and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce.[1]


Mead died in Bellingham on March 19, 1913, and is interred at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Washington.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 Washington State Bar Association (1913). Proceedings of the 25th Annual Convention. p. 181.
  2. 1 2 "Washington State Library Biography". Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  3. "Albert E. Mead". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  4. "Ex-Senator Turner Beaten". The New York Times. November 10, 1904. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  5. "Albert E. Mead". National Governors Association. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  6. "Albert E. Mead". Find A Grave. Retrieved 11 October 2012.

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Preceded by
Henry McBride
Governor of Washington
Succeeded by
Samuel G. Cosgrove
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