Mark Odom Hatfield was born in Dallas, Oregon, on July 12, 1922. The son of a blacksmith and a schoolteacher, Hatfield grew up in Salem, Oregon, and received degrees from Willamette University and Stanford University before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Hatfield returned to Willamette University as an administrator and professor of political science. Hatfield married Antoinette Kuzmanich in 1958, and the two would become the parents of four children.
As a United States senator, Hatfield would reach the height of influence as the chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee from 1981 until 1987, and again from 1995 until 1997. Identifying that Oregonians had a history of paying more in taxes than they received in federal services, Hatfield skillfully secured millions of dollars to fund improvements to Oregon.
Hatfield retired from the Senate in 1997 and returned to Oregon to teach and lecture at various colleges and universities. Mark O. Hatfield passed away on August 7, 2011, at the age of 89.
Governor Mark Hatfield (right) plays referee for the annual New Frontier Bowl football game featuring the Oregon legislators playing against the lobbyists, 1961.
OHS Research Library, CN 022282.
Governor Mark Hatfield cuts a ribbon to celebrate the completion of a new stretch of Interstate 5 through Medford, 1962.
OHS Research Library, 479-A, folder 4.
State Representative Mark Hatfield, 1953.
OHS Research Library, 479A, folder 2.
The proponents of Oregon’s Civil Rights Bill, also known as the Public Accommodations Bill, pose for posterity. Seated, from left: Philip S. Hitchcock and Mark O. Hatfield. Standing, from left: Edgar Williams, Marie Smith, Ulysses Plummer, Rev. J. Harold Jones, Lorna J. Marple, Verdell Rutherford, and Otto G. Rutherford.
OHS Research Library, OrHi 44402.
The Call of Public Service exhibit. The exhibit includes three, three-sided pop-up kiosks.
The Call of Public Service, kiosk 1. Visible panel features information on Mark Hatfield’s public service career.
The Call of Public Service, kiosk 2. Visible panel shares information on Mark Hatfield’s environmental protection work.
The Call of Public Service, kiosk 3. Visible panels presents information on Mark Hatfield’s work in support of world peace.
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Size: Each kiosk is 6' 11" high and 3' 11" wide. One case measures 51" (L) x 31" (W) x 10" (H).
Weight: Case weighs approximately 92 lbs. when full. Kiosks weigh 18 lbs when collapsed.
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kgw.com, July 12, 2021
Former state and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield would have turned 99 years old today. Jon Goodwin shows us an exhibit that honors Hatfield’s career in public service.