Arthur B. Langlie

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Arthur Bernard Langlie

12th and 14th Governor of Washington State
In office
January 12, 1949 – January 16, 1957
Lieutenant Governor Victor Aloysius Meyers
Emmett T. Anderson
Preceded by Monrad Wallgren
Succeeded by Albert Dean Rosellini
In office
January 15, 1941 – January 10, 1945
Lieutenant Victor A. Meyers
Preceded by Clarence D. Martin
Succeeded by Monrad Wallgren

Chairman of the
National Governors Association
In office
August 9, 1955 – June 24, 1956
Preceded by Robert F. Kennon (Louisiana)
Succeeded by Thomas B. Stanley

43rd Mayor of Seattle, Washington
In office
April 27, 1938 – January 11, 1941
Preceded by John F. Dore
Succeeded by John E. Carroll

Seattle City Councilman
In office

Born July 25, 1900
Fillmore County,


Died July 24, 1966 (aged 65)
Seattle, Washington
Resting place Acacia Memorial Park in Lake Forest Park, King County, Washington
Nationality Norwegian-American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Evelyn P. Baker Langlie
(married 1928-1966, his death)
Children Arthur Sheridan Langlie (deceased)

Carrie Ellen Vasko (born 1935)
Bjarne A. and Carrie Dahl Langlie

Alma mater Union High School
Bremerton, Washington

University of Washington
(Bachelor of Laws)

Arthur Bernard Langlie (July 25, 1900 – July 24, 1966) was an attorney and Republican politician who served as the 12th and 14th Governor of Washington State from 1941 to 1945 and 1949 to 1957. Earlier, he was the mayor of Seattle for three years. He was the only Seattle mayor to become governor.

Langlie was born to a Norwegian-American couple, Bjarne A. Langlie (1875-1935), and the former Carrie Dahl (1875-1959), who also had Dutch descent. He moved with his family in 1909 to the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington. he graduated from Union High School in Bremerton, located seventeen miles west of Seattle. In 1925, he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.[1]

After nearly three years as mayor of Seattle, Langlie at the age of forty was the state's youngest governor until 1964, when Moderate Republican Daniel J. Evans was elected to the first of three terms as governor. Langlie was defeated for re-election in 1944 by Democrat Monrad C. Wallgren but won the office back by defeating Wallgren in 1948 even though Democrat Harry Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey in Washington State. Langlie is thus far the only Washington governor to regain that office after losing it.[2]

In 1956, Langlie ran unsuccessfully against Democratic United States Senator Warren Magnuson, who he had appointed for a three-week interim period in the Senate in 1944. At the top of the Republican ballot, the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket carried Washington State., as did Nixon in 1960 and 1972, but not 1968. Upon leaving politics, Langlie was named by owner Norton Simon as the president of the McCall Corporation, which publishes a popular women's magazine.[3]

Langlie died in Seattle of heart disease one day before his 66th birthday. He and his wife, the former Evelyn P. Baker (1903-2000), a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are interred at Acacia Memorial Park in Lake Forest Park in King County, Washington.[1][4] The Langlies' son, Arthur Sheridan Langlie (1930-2002), was a prominent Seattle Republican attorney and civic figure.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arthur Bernard Langlie (1900-1966) - Find A Grave Memorial, accessed August 23, 2021.
  2. Arthur Bernard Langlie. Washington Rural Heritage. Retrieved on August 23, 2021.
  3. Kathleen E. Endres and Theresa L. Leuch, Women's Periodicals in the United States - Consumer Magazines," Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995.
  4. Evelyn P. Baker Langlie (1903-2000) - Find A Grave Memorial, accessed August 23, 2021.
  5. "Arthur S. Langlie continued father's legacy of service," The Seattle Times, accessed August 23, 2021.