Chester Hardy Aldrich
|16th Governor of Nebraska|
January 5, 1911 – January 9, 1913
|Lieutenant||Melville R. Hopewell (1911)|
|Preceded by||Ashton C. Shallenberger|
|Succeeded by||John H. Morehead|
|Member of the Nebraska State Senate|
|Associate Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court|
|Born||November 10, 1863|
Pierpont, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 10, 1924 (aged 60)|
Superior, Nebraska, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sylvia Estelle Stroman|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
Chester Hardy Aldrich (November 10, 1863 – March 10, 1924) was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 16th governor of Nebraska and as a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Aldrich was born in Pierpont in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He married Sylvia Estelle Stroman on June 4, 1889, and they had five children. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Freemason and a Knight Templar. He died in office on March 10, 1924.
After he graduated from the prep school at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Aldrich entered the Ohio State University as a freshman in 1884. While at Ohio State he became a champion orator, served as an editor of The Lantern, and in 1886 became the captain of an abortive first attempt at forming an Ohio State University football team. He graduated from Ohio State in 1888 with an A.B.
Aldrich settled in Ulysses, Nebraska, where he worked as a high school principal and livestock rancher while he studied law. He passed the Nebraska Bar in 1890 and began practicing law in David City. He served as mayor of David City, and was elected to the Nebraska State Senate in 1906. As a state senator he wrote the Railway Commission Law and the Aldrich Freight Rate Law, which attacked the power of the Nebraska railroad trusts. When the laws were brought to Federal Court, Aldrich personally served as counsel for the state and the laws were sustained.
In 1910, with support from Populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan, and over opposition of the trusts, Aldrich was elected governor of Nebraska. During his tenure as governor, a co-operative association act was sanctioned; a board of control for state institutions was established; a sanitary health bill was authorized; and a road program was initiated. He held the position until 1913.
Aldrich was elected as a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1918, and remained in that position until his death.
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Ashton C. Shallenberger
| Governor of Nebraska
John H. Morehead