Stanley Knapp was 2 years old, in 1926, when his mother died. Young Stan was adopted by a loving couple in Nebraska, and it was there that Stan Hathaway spent most of his young life. It wasn’t until he was off to college, when he first experienced Wyoming. Stan Hathaway came to the University of Wyoming to further his education, but soon the United States was at War, and Hathaway joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. After the War, Hathaway returned home to Nebraska, and would earn an undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Nebraska.
Then in 1952, at age 28, Stan Hathaway made the move to the state where his heart had been captured ten years before. Hathaway took a job as a prosecuting attorney in Goshen County, Wyoming. And that’s when a long and distinguished career of public service for his state began. Hathaway would become the chairman of the Republican Party in Wyoming, and ultimately, a two-term Governor of Wyoming. After his service as Governor of Wyoming, Hathaway was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior by President Gerald Ford.
Stan Hathaway would return to Cheyenne, Wyoming after a very brief term as Secretary of the Interior. And it was there that Hathaway co-founded a very successful law firm, and it was in the Capitol City where Hathaway spent the rest of his life. Stan Hathaway passed away in 2005, at age 81.