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HATTON, AUGUSTUS RAYMOND - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

HATTON, AUGUSTUS RAYMOND (27 Sept. 1873-12 Nov. 1946) an author of Cleveland's City Manager Charter, member of city council, and professor of Political Science at Western Reserve University, was born on a farm near Vevay, Indiana, the son of Augustus and Mary Lavinia (Howard) Hatton. Educated in public schools there, Hatton graduated from Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana with a Ph.B. in 1898, where he remained until 1901, teaching history and political science. He was an instructor, and assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago 1901-1907, the year he received his Ph.D. Hatton came to Western Reserve University as associate professor of political science that year, and was appointed the Marcus A. Hanna professor of political science in 1910. During this time, Hatton was active in Cleveland's progressive reform movement. Along with NEWTON D. BAKER†, he helped draft the municipal home rule amendment to the Ohio constitution. He subsequently served on Cleveland's Charter Commission elected in 1912 (see HOME RULE). Hatton also drafted the proportional representation section of the CITY MANAGER PLAN, adopted in 1921. When the manager plan was implemented in 1924, Hatton was elected to the new 25-member CLEVELAND CITY COUNCIL where he was a foe of the political bosses. He left Cleveland in1927 to take a teaching position at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill, retiring in 1940. Hatton was a visiting professor at the University of Texas in Austin 1942-43, residing there until his death.

Hatton married Nancy Mathews 11 Nov. 1903, and they had a daughter Martha (Mrs. Edward Montague). After his wife's death in 1931, he married Esther Rutan 25 Nov. 1936.

Last Modified: 17 Jul 1997 02:35:27 PM

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