Another Kansas Governor–even one who served briefly–to have been a veteran of the Great War was Frank Hagaman.

He was born in Bushnell, Illinois on June 1, 1894.  He was seriously wounded while serving with the 117th Ammunition Train, but survived to take on a law career and a political one as well.

Hagaman was serving as Lieutenant Governor when he replaced Frank Carlson, who had been elected to the United States Senate, on November 28, 1950.  He would serve as Governor for all of 41 days.  Still, this was not the shortest term for a Kansas Governor; seven years later John McCuish would serve for 11 days.

Hagaman passed away in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 23, 1966.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.