Dodge City, Kansas , United States
|| July 24, 1916
|Died||March 18, 1970
Apr 13, 2015 06:14pm
|Info||Frederick "Fred" Lee Hall (July 24, 1916 – March 18, 1970) was a Republican lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1951-55 and the 33rd Governor of Kansas, 1955-57. He resigned to become a justice of Kansas Supreme Court in 1957 after being defeated in the primary for re-election to office, in what is known as the "triple-play of 1956." |
The "triple play of 1956" occurred when Warren Shaw defeated Hall in the Republican primary to select the next Kansas Governor and Shaw lost the subsequent Gubernatorial general election to Democrat George Docking. Sitting Chief Justice Bill Smith – a strong supporter of Hall – was seriously ill and contemplating a retirement from his position as Chief Justice. Smith was concerned that if he retired after Docking took office in January 1957, Docking would appoint a Democrat as Chief Justice. Smith, Hall, and Lieutenant Governor John McCuish devised a plan to prevent this from happening. Chief Justice Smith resigned on December 31, 1956. Smith's resignation was quickly followed by Governor Hall's resignation on January 3, 1957. As a result of Hall's resignation, Lieutenant Governor McCuish was sworn in as Kansas Governor. The only official act of McCuish's 11-day tenure as governor was to appoint Hall as chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and a graduate of the University of Southern California where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He was elected to a term on the Phi Kappa Tau National Council in 1956. Hall is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas.