John McGraw (governor)

John McGraw

McGraw circa 1890
2nd Governor of Washington
In office
January 9, 1893  January 11, 1897
Preceded by Elisha P. Ferry
Succeeded by John Rankin Rogers
Personal details
Born October 4, 1850
Penobscot County, Maine
Died June 23, 1910 (aged 59)
Political party Republican

John Harte McGraw (October 4, 1850 June 23, 1910) was the second Governor of Washington state.


McGraw was born in Penobscot County, Maine. He served as Republican Governor January 9, 1893 - January 11, 1897. Previously he was Sheriff of King County, Washington during the Seattle riot of 1886.

McGraw, a law graduate, had also been President of Seattle First National Bank and Seattle Chamber of Commerce. After leaving office, he made money during the Klondike Gold Rush, much needed since he had to repay the State $10,000 following an investigation into his term of office.

He died on June 23, 1910 from scarlet fever.

A bronze statue of McGraw sculpted by Richard E. Brooks in 1913 stands at McGraw Square in Seattle.[1]


  1. Gilmore, Susan (February 9, 2011). "Downtown park, statue honor man who stood up to a mob". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elisha P. Ferry (R)
Governors of Washington
1893– 1897
Succeeded by
John Rogers (D)

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