John Spellman

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John Spellman
18th Governor of Washington
In office
January 14, 1981 – January 16, 1985
LieutenantJohn Cherberg
Preceded byDixy Lee Ray
Succeeded byBooth Gardner
1st King County Executive
In office
May 1, 1969 – January 14, 1981
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byRon Dunlap
King County Commissioner
In office
January 1, 1968 – May 1, 1969
Preceded byScott Wallace
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
John Dennis Spellman

(1926-12-29)December 29, 1926
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 2018(2018-01-16) (aged 91)
Seattle, Washington, U.S
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery , Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Lois Murphy (m. 1954)
EducationSeattle University (BBA)
Georgetown University (JD)
  • Lawyer
  • politician
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1944–1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

John Dennis Spellman (December 29, 1926 – January 16, 2018) was an American politician. Spellman was born in Seattle, Washington. He was the 18th Governor of Washington between 1981 and 1985 and the first King County Executive from 1969 to 1981. As of 2015, he was the last Republican to serve as Governor of Washington.

Spellman died on January 16, 2018 at a hospital in Seattle of pneumonia caused from a fall at the age of 91.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Former Washington governor, King County executive John Spellman dies
  2. "Former Washington Governor John Spellman Dies at 91". The Columbian. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.