|ROBERT D. HAWLEY.|
Robert D. Hawley is one of the
best known and one of the most prominent among the young attorneys of
Wyoming. While he regards the practice of law as his real life work
and is ably following his profession in Douglas, he has also become
actively interested in mining, in the oil industry, in ranching and
in cattle raising. He is thus concerned with many of those things
which have constituted the basic element in the growth and prosperity
of the state. A native of Nebraska his birth occurred in Edgar, Clay
county. April 21, 1889.
his parents being Robert Emmet and Crene ( Johnson) Hawley. who were
natives of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The father is a prominent
figure in connection with the ice and canning
business in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska and for about five years in
early manhood he followed railroading.
Robert D. Hawley spent the period of his boyhood and youth in his native state, pursuing his education in the public and high schools of Nebraska City, while later he attended the College of Science & Arts and the College of Law of the University of Nebraska, being graduated with high honors on the 13th of June, 1912, at which time the LL. B. degree was conferred upon him. On the 23d of July, 1912, he arrived in Douglas, Wyoming, where he practiced law independently until November 25, 1912, at which time he became associated with Judge Harvey in a partnership that still continues. They have since admitted Mr. Garst to the firm under the present style of Harvey, Hawley & Garst. In 1914 Mr. Hawley was called upon to serve as county and prosecuting attorney, to which position he was reelected in 1916, so that he is now serving. He is a valued member of the Converse County Bar Association and he also has membership with the Wyoming State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Aside from his professional activities Mr. Hawley is one of the most prominent young men operating in the oil fields of the state and is the holder of much valuable property of that character. He serves as secretary of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Mining Congress. He has also become connected with ranching and cattle interests and whatever he undertakes is carried forward to successful completion, for he is a young man of determined purpose, recognizing the fact that when one avenue of opportunity seems closed he can carve out other paths whereby to reach the desired goal. Mr. Hawley is active and prominent in democratic circles and is now serving as president of the Converse County Democratic Club. He is likewise well known in military affairs and is appeal agent for the government in the draft work and is legal adviser for the local exemption board. He is also a member of the Council for National Defense, and was chairman for the Converse County Third Liberty Loan Campaign.
On the 28th of November, 1914, Mr. Hawley was united in marriage to Miss Elise Corinne Cross, a daughter of Senator and Mrs. George H. Cross, of a prominent pioneer family of Wyoming. Mrs. Hawley was born in Converse county, is a graduate of its schools and attended the convent of the Holy Child Jesus at Cheyenne.
Mr. Hawley attends the Episcopal church and he and his wife occupy a most prominent position in social circles. In his business and professional career he has ever recognized the fact that difficulties and obstacles are but transitory things and that progress and development are the substantial and enduring facts of life.