Samuel G. Cosgrove

Samuel Good Love Cosgrove (* April 10, 1841 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio; † March 28, 1909 in Paso Robles, California ) was an American politician and in 1909, the sixth Governor of the State of Washington.

Early years

Cosgrove grew up in Ohio and was during the Civil War Soldier in the Union army. After the war he studied at Ohio Wesleyan University and then worked as a teacher at Cleveland High School. He then moved to Nevada.

Rise in Washington State

In 1882, Cosgrove moved to the Washington Territory, where he settled in Pomeroy. There he spent eight years as chairman of the school board and was elected mayor of this place five times. In the following years he was several times as a Republican candidate for the gubernatorial elections in conversation. But he did not manage to secure his party's nomination. In 1908, as in the Washington area code system was introduced for the first time, he was able to enforce within the party in these elections and to win his party's nomination. However, there was no clear victory, because he was not an absolute but only a relative majority of votes. The subsequent actual gubernatorial elections he was able to clearly decide with 62:33 percent of the vote to Democrat John Pattison for themselves.

Governor and end of life

Shortly after the election victory Cosgrove suffered a heart attack. He was so weak that he could not even finish his speech on taking office. He was sworn in on 27 January 1909 and received the very next day special leave to his recovery. He went to Pablo Robles, California, where he hoped for an improvement in his health. However, this did not happen. Instead, the governor died on 28 March 1909. Lieutenant Governor Marion E. Hay ended his place the opened but almost full term of office until January 1913. Samuel Cosgrove was married to Zephorena Edgerton, with whom he had three children.