Richard Lee Metcalfe

Richard Lee Metcalfe (October 11, 1861 – March 31, 1954) was the last military Governor of Panama Canal Zone and one-time Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Richard Lee Metcalfe
Richard Lee Metcalfe, Governor of Panama Canal Zone, 1913.jpg
Metcalfe in 1913
Military Governor of Panama Canal Zone
In office
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded byMaurice Hudson Thatcher
Succeeded byGeorge Washington Goethals
as 1st civil governor
Personal details
Born(1861-11-11)November 11, 1861
Upper Alton, Illinois
DiedMarch 31, 1954(1954-03-31) (aged 92)
Omaha, Nebraska


He was born on October 11, 1861 to Richard Lee Metcalfe and Ellen Tazewell Edwards.[1]

He began his career as an editor at the Omaha World-Herald, where he also authored a biography of William Jennings Bryan.

He died on March 31, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska.[2][1]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Metcalfe Held Varied Jobs". Omaha World-Herald. March 31, 1954.
  2. ^ "R. L. Metcalfe Dead. First Civil Governor of Canal Zone, Former Editor, Was 92". New York Times. April 1, 1954.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gilbert Hitchcock
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Nebraska
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Richard C. Hunter
Preceded by
Maurice Hudson Thatcher
Military Governor of Panama Canal Zone
Succeeded by
Civil Governor George Washington Goethals