William Hale was born in London, Henry County, Iowa, on November 18,1837. His education started in the public schools and continued through his admission to the bar at 21 years of age when Hale immediately began to practice law. Hale joined the Republican Party and became a Presidential elector for Iowa in 1868. President Arthur appointed him Governor of Wyoming Territory July 18, 1882. Governor Hale took the oath of office August 3, 1882 and served until his death at Cheyenne, Wyoming, January 13, 1885.
Term as Governor: Tuesday, August 22, 1882 - Tuesday, January 13, 1885